Feds crack down on drone operators

Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau is imposing new restrictions on all recreational drone users in Canada, severely limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles near people, animals, buildings and airports.

Garneau  was at Billy Bishop Airport yesterday where he announced the new measureas

Under the new restrictions, which are effective immediately, recreational drone pilots are prohibited from flying their UAVs higher than 90 metres, within 75 metres of buildings, animals or people, or within nine kilometres of an airport.

Night flights are also prohibited under the new restriction, which promises a fine of up to $3,000.

Recreational users are also required to include their name, address and phone number with their drones.

More rules are coming in June dealing with minimum age, permits and knowledge testing.