Japan OKs Bill to Ban Drunk Drone Flying

Politics

Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Thursday a bill to prohibit the operations of drones while being drunk.

The bill to revise the civil aviation law was approved at a plenary meeting on the day of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, with support mainly from the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc. The House of Councillors, the upper chamber, passed it in April.

Under the revised law, which is expected to come into force as early as this autumn, a jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to 300,000 yen will be imposed on those who fly drones weighing 200 grams or more under the influence of alcohol or in other conditions in which normal operations of such unmanned aerial vehicles may not be ensured.

Failures to conduct proper pre-flight inspections and dangerous drone operations, such as making a sudden descent, will be subject to fines of up to 500,000 yen.

Under its relevant guidelines, the transport ministry has so far called on people not to operate drones under the influence of alcohol.

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