California Assemblyman Mike Gatto this week
introduced the Drone Registration/Omnibus
Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act of 2016, which would hold owners responsible for registering and obtaining physical or electronic “license plates” for drones.
“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,” Gatto said.
The bill would also require “inexpensive” insurance policies to be bought at the point of sale – which, according to Gatto, would be about a dollar “or so” – similar to how the California Redemption Value (CRV) tax is collected with the purchase of bottles and cans.
A lot coming out of Sacramento this week. A brief reminder that California is the canary in the coal mine and also the bellwether state. Love the analogy to bottles and cans – that puts everything in clear perspective for sure. Curious to know who is going to underwrite this – maybe the state…