Drone Pilots Face New Restrictions: Vermont Bill Aims to Protect Privacy

Legislation Targets Drone Surveillance Over Private Property

In Vermont, lawmakers are discussing a new bill that would restrict drone usage over private property in an effort to protect homeowner privacy. The proposed legislation, known as H.284, would prohibit flying drones less than 100 feet above private property without the consent of the property owner, reports Vermont Biz.

The bill's sponsors, Rep. Josie Leavitt (D-Grand Isle) and Rep. Michael Morgan (R-West Milton), say the measure was prompted by concerns from a constituent who reported a drone frequently hovering over their home while their daughter was sunbathing.

“Hovering over someone's house technically qualifies as stalking,” Leavitt said. “The goal of the bill is to protect the privacy of homeowners, a concern that came up recently in talks with constituents.”

Under the proposed law, 无人机操作员 would also be prohibited from using their devices to record privately owned property with the intent of conducting surveillance – defined as observing someone or something with enough clarity to identify their identity, habits, movements, or unique features.

Violators would face fines of $50 for a first offense and $250 for any subsequent offenses. Drone sellers would also be required to notify buyers about the new restrictions.

While most drone owners in are “respectful and courteous” with their hobby, according to Leavitt, some are concerned that the bill's specifics are too arbitrary. Steve Mermelstein, a photographer and founder of the Vermont Drone services group, believes the 100-foot altitude limit is unrealistic.

“They have to be within 20 to 30 feet to really make that person stop looking like an ant and be able to identify them, let alone really have a clear image of them,” Mermelstein said. “The drones that are available to consumers… just don't have that zoom capability that you see on TV or you see in fiction.”

Despite these concerns, legislators supporting the bill believe regulation is necessary to help homeowners feel safe. While have said it would be hard to regulate airspace, they would “have no problem regulating creepy behavior,” Leavitt noted.

“The thing that's most important about this bill is to just gently remind 无人机操作员 that they need to respect private property,” she said.

了解 DroneXL 的更多信息

Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to your email.


拟议的立法威胁到您使用无人机娱乐、工作和安全的能力。无人机 无人机宣传联盟 加入我们,告诉您的民选官员保护您的飞行权利。


获取第 107 部分证书

通过测试,带着 试点研究所.我们已帮助数千人成为飞机和商用无人机飞行员。我们的课程由行业专家设计,帮助您通过 FAA 考试,实现梦想。


版权所有 © DroneXL.co 2024。保留所有权利。本网站的内容、图像和知识产权受版权法保护。未经 DroneXL.co 事先书面许可,严禁复制或传播任何资料。有关许可和咨询,请 联系我们 首先

美国联邦贸易委员会:DroneXL.co 是亚马逊联营公司,使用联营链接可从符合条件的购买中获得收入。我们不会出售、分享、出租或向您发送垃圾邮件。

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo 是以下网站的创始人和主编 DroneXL.co在这里,他报道所有与无人机相关的新闻、大疆创新公司的传言并撰写无人机评论,以及 EVXL.co的所有与电动汽车有关的新闻。他还是 PiXL 无人机表演 YouTube 和其他播客平台。您可以通过以下方式联系 Haye:haye @ dronexl.co 或 @hayekesteloo.

文章: 3746