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Hearing on drone rules to be held in Shenzhen

2017-November-15       Source: Szdaily.com

The city’s legislative affairs office will hold a hearing on its official WeChat account on the draft regulation over the management of drones Nov. 23.

The city’s legislative affairs office will hold a hearing on its official WeChat account on the draft regulation over the management of drones Nov. 23.

The hearing will be held between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the official account, 深圳法制. The office is inviting 20 representatives of drone making and marketing enterprises and 60 representatives from the general public. Those who intend to attend the hearing can register on the official WeChat account before the Nov. 19 deadline.

According the draft regulation, which was released to the public Sept. 7, the city will designate certain areas that ban or restrict the flying of drones.

The restricted areas include airports and air routes, the 50-meter areas along railways, expressways and waterways, and the 100-meter areas around government offices, military restricted areas and sensitive units such as telecommunications, power, water and energy supplies, and storage areas for chemicals and dangerous products. In the 100-meter areas around transport hubs, railway stations, bus terminals, piers and ports, the 10-km areas on both sides of the airport’s runways and the 20-km areas at both ends of the runways, drones will also be banned, according to the draft regulation.

Those who fly their drones in these areas will be fined 1,000 yuan (US$152). The draft also set technical standards for drone manufacturing. Manufacturers that fail to meet the standards will be ordered to suspend production and fined three times the value of the products.

The weight of drones should be between 0.25 kg and 7 kg. It should only fly within a radius of 500 meters in the daytime and no higher than 120 meters above the ground.

Those who want to fly in the restricted areas for special occasions, celebrations or other necessary work, such as rescue and surveying, need to get approval from the public security department beforehand.

Editor: Jasmine

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