Ap­sara eyes le­gal ac­tion over drones

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

THE Ap­sara Author­ity wants stricter le­gal ac­tion against those illegally fly­ing drones at the Angkor com­plex in Siem

Reap prov­ince.

Hence, it has formed a work­ing group to study the pos­si­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion of tougher le­gal ac­tion against in­di­vid­u­als flout­ing the cur­rent pro­vi­sions, an an­nounce­ment on its web­site said on Wed­nes­day.

The work­ing group has been as­sem­bled fol­low­ing a meet­ing on the is­sue on Mon­day be­tween the relevent au­thor­i­ties.

Sok Sang­var, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Ap­sara Author­ity, said fly­ing drones at the Angkor com­plex poses a risk to the tem­ples and the safety of tourists in the area.

Kroch Vandy, deputy di­rec­tor of the Civil Avi­a­tion De­part­ment, said while it is il­le­gal for in­di­vid­u­als to op­er­ate a drone in the com­plex, reg­is­tered com­pa­nies are per­mit­ted to fly the ma­chines in the area no higher than 150 me­tres from ground level.

As of now, when the au­thor­i­ties find an in­di­vid­ual fly­ing drones illegally in the area, the ma­chine is seized but re­turned later af­ter a doc­u­men­ta­tion process is com­pleted.

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