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California Legislation Would Require License Plates, Insurance For Drones

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of legislators in California have introduced separate pieces of legislation aimed at further regulating the nascent drone industry in the name of safety. Assemblyman Mike Gatto wants inexpensive insurance policies sold with drones, and also wants those drones to be outfitted with tiny license plates. He said, “If cars have license plates and insurance, drones should have the equivalent, so they can be properly identified, and owners can be held financially responsible, whenever injuries, interference, or property damage occurs.” Another bill, put forth by Assemblyman Ed Chau, wants to require drone owners to leave contact information in the event of a crash. Chau also made parallels with cars: “If you lose control of your drone and someone gets hurt – or someone else’s property gets damaged — then you should have the same duty to go to the scene of the accident, give your name and address, and cooperate with the police.” The bills follow a number of incidents during 2015 in which drones damaged people and property, or simply got in the way of other operations.


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