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Hungary To Introduce New Law On Drones To Prevent Further Accidents

Tamás Székely 2017.02.15.

Hungary plans to enforce a law regulating drones on July 1, daily newspaper Népszava reported on Wednesday. The Hungarian government has published a consultative paper and is processing feedback, the paper said.

Drones below 250 grammes are to be classed as toys, while drones of up to 2kg will require online certification under the proposed law. Operators of drones weighing between 2kg and 25kg would have to obtain a licence. A mobile application would allow operators to get timely information on whether it is permissible to fly their drones in any given area. The law would also require operators to obtain liability insurance covering any accidents their drones may cause.

As we reported, last week a drone flown above Szabadsag Bridge in Budapest’s 11th district crashed into a car, breaking its windscreen. No one was hurt in the incident, however, authorities have raised charges against the 23-year-old man from Singapore who was using the drone to take aerial photographs above the bridge. He is charged for committing a crime against road safety through negligence.

Despite some unfortunate accidents, drones are becoming increasingly popular in Hungary as they enable users to take breathtaking bird’s-eye-view photographs and videos about the county.

via MTI and