South Africa sets ten-year jail term for illegal drone flights

South Africa's new drone rules, which take effect today, enshrine far heavier potential prison sentences than other countries that have similar rules.

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The South Africa Civil Aviation Authority - which enforces the rules - accepts that the rules were rushed out in order to meet 'a growing demand to regulate this sector'. In contrast, Japan is planning a one-year prison sentence for people who fly drones in residential areas and Singapore has introduced a five-year penalty for carrying dangerous materials. 

New Zealand

More details about South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and other regimes are available in the Robotics Law Journal - the new title covering drones, driverless cars and other forms of robotics that will be published this month. Source: Robotics Law Journal 

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