New drone rules adopted

On Tuesday the government supported the new Transport Ministry rules over drone piloting, reported LETA. The changes to the existing regulation include rules on no-fly zones and a ban on drone piloting under the influence.

For example, drones will be banned from flying within 0.5 km of prisons and military objects. It is also forbidden to use drones with a blood alcohol content of over 0.02 or under the influence of drugs.

Restrictions against drone use during public events are also introduced, with drones weighing less than 1.5 kg permitted to be used for filming such an event with organizers' permission.

People under the age of 18 can only pilot the drone if it weighs less than 0.5 kg and cannot fly above 50 meters high over land or water. 

Pilots are only allowed to fly during daytime. 

People who own drones heavier than 1.5 kg will have to buy liability insurance for these ships.

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