Canada introduces rules for recreational drone users

Recreational drones must now be marked with contact information and cannot be flown at night or in cloudy conditions.

Canada is bringing in strict measures and fines for recreational users of drones.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Thursday announced restrictions to curb the number of incidents in which recreational drones have come too close to planes, which has more than tripled since 2014.

Recreational drone operators must now mark their drone with their contact information and are forbidden to fly them at night or in cloudy conditions.

Drones will no longer be allowed to fly higher than 90 metres, within 75 metres of any buildings, vehicles or people, or within 9 kilometres of airports.

Violators are subject to a fine of up to $3,000, and up to $15,000 for corporations.

Commercial, academic and research drones are exempted.

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