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Australia to tax RC Planes and Drones

Contributed by Sussex SEO
April 9, 2019

Drones and radio-controlled planes are the latest technological tools to come on the market for use in business and play. Though they are still relatively new, more of these flying machines are in the hands of the individual hobbyist. Most of the rest are being adopted for use by large companies such as Amazon for making deliveries.

The problem with a lot of individuals having these items is that they do not know the rules and regulations already in place for flying crafts as well as how they are being by these people is often outside those regulations and businesses will be charged for operations unequally depending on the type of drone it is and how it is being used. Australia is already taking action to place restrictions on these crafts and tax them accordingly and have users get licenses to operate them and the individual and business level. Currently, the regulations are being written and implemented. Drones over 20 grams are going to be taxed. It is considered a hobby tax for those how are just enjoying their drones and other controlled aircrafts. The Australian government wants to regulate those people who are operating their units in an unsafe way. The average person will be charged for the people who are not operating their unmanned vehicles correctly.

A big problem with this tax is that the people who are using their units inappropriately will not register their drones and the hobbyist will be pushed out because they cannot operate more than because its $20.00 a unit. There also can be regulations for flying within local or national parks which need to be researched before operation.

Australia's National Aviation Authority have already stabled a list of rules to follow when flying any sort of radio controlled air craft such as keeping the vehicle within a visual line sight, not flying too high, less than 120 meters above the ground, keeping them away from airports, flying one drone at a time, not flying over people, it must not weight over 100g and finally it is not to be used to invade personal privacy. They also are restricted from operation if emergency services aircrafts are near because it will prevent them from being able to do their jobs.

These rules are for the average Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Additional rules and restrictions are being discussed to prevent the people who are not using their UAVs correctly from operating them. The problem with that is that those people will not be registering their UAVs they will probably just operate them as they chose. The average person will be restricted by the people who these and the pending rules are targeting will continue to operate outside the approved of channels for UAV operation.

Age Restrictions to be implemented

The Australian government is also adding an age restriction to drones and model planes. If someone is under the age of 16 will need to get their own license to operate the models. A lot of kids will not take up the hobby because they cannot afford to pay to get training, a license or afford the annual fees. It will prevent young people from learning about these units because they will be unable to afford this market. This will reduce the number of children and young adults from developing the hobby or evening wanting to learn about it.

It is also putting up a barrier for those that are of serious financial restrictions of all age ranges. It will cost the average person a small chunk of change to operate one of these and if you have financial restrictions, you will not attempt to learn about it because you could never afford to either be compliant or afford to purchase and maintain more than one unit. There are drone compliance apps available already so the individual flyer and companies that use these units will know where they can fly their drones. Though there are still glitches and inaccuracies are being reported.

Drone Delivery Networks Affected

Big business is also making this a big issue. Big business wants to use drones for deliveries which mean that the Australian government will get more taxes for the use of multiple units and be able to charge additional taxes to the units being operated by a business. A lot of the additional taxes and restrictions are being developed to restrict big business such as Amazon and Google. They also want to attract such business and help them bring more money into the country. If a drone or a remotely piloted aircraft is less than 2 kg, but being used for commercial purposes, they are flying in what's known as an excluded category. This means they just need to notify Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before operation. If it is over the 2kg limit, then a special operations license will be required for operation. While it will add additional taxes for these companies while preventing the average user from even trying to get themselves established on a small level. The small businesses will suffer even more because they will be pushed out of the market after being unable to complete with drone delivery times and being unable to afford even basic model fees.

Fines are increasing

The fines for flying drones and other UAVs are already climbing. The Federal Government legislation can charge upwards of $1,000 (the price of a high-end drone) for violating the rules for flying these devices depending on how and where the violation occurred. It is not just the people who are operating these UAVs for fun either. A lot of these restrictions are being directed at the violators who are consistently operating their UAVs outside of government regulations. The ones flying near airports and into planes aren't the ones that are getting the fines. A lot of those people haven't been found.

How these laws are being written and enforced is critical to how successful will be are at regulating the people who are not using them responsibly. It will also determine who will be able to operate them in the future and who will not be able allowed to operate them.

A lot of people will probably be unable to use them because they will be unable to afford the new laws coming into being. They will also be excluded as being too young to be licensed or too young to have the available funds to get these unmanned vehicles into the air. The Australian government needs to be able to set down rules to go after violators of basic aerial restrictions and put curbs on the businesses that will drive out the individual unmanned vehicle operators.


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