T&T Gov’t concerned about illegal use of drones

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Government yesterday warned that it was clamping down on the use of aerial drones to record personal and public events.

The Ministry of National Security said also the authorities were clamping down on the use of laser lights, which it said can interfere with a pilot’s ability to land an aircraft safely.

The Government said that people operating drones should register them with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) and that the unmanned drones were being used in a manner that can cause danger to persons and property and may invade the privacy of persons.

"The Ministry of National Security is calling upon all members of the public, including all visitors, to exercise caution and avoid operating such devices over public buildings and spaces," the ministry said in a statement, noting that there were certain areas designed under the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Act that have been designated as "no fly zones".

"The public is strongly encouraged to avoid operating drones in those areas as they may cause harm and injury to authorised users within the zones."

Regarding the laser lights, the authorities said "the shining of laser lights during aircraft landing or taking off is strictly prohibited by law".

"Persons caught so doing will be arrested and may be prosecuted in the courts," the Ministry of National Security warned.

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