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Romania authorities want drones weighing less than 150kgs to be registered and insured

Romania: Romanian authorities have decided that drones weighting less than 150 kilos would now need to be registered and insured before being used in Romania. The Romanian Ministry of Transport recently issued an order to regulate the use of drones in the country. The ministerial order about “operating conditions in the national airspace of the unmanned powered civil aircrafts” appeared in The Official Journal. It will take effect in 30 days and will be applied until January 30, 2016.

According to official reasoning, until 2016, the European Union regulations cover drones bigger than 150 kilograms, while those under this weight remain subject to national regulations. However, from now on, drones between 1 and 150 kilograms, and over, will have to be registered and insured in order to be used in Romania.

The law does not apply to drones with weight under 1 kilogram, unless they have equipment for filming and data transmission. However, they should be operated without exceeding the field of view of the person who controls it, according to the regulations. The order does not mention any sanctions for those who do not comply with the new rules.

Critics of the new order say that the government wants to stop aerial shooting of important investments as in the past years several sections of highway under construction were filmed and posted on the internet via recording by drones.

Source: Romania Insider