The Telecommunications Unit has reminded the public that the use and operation of radio communications apparatus, including radio controlled models, is governed by the Telecommunications Act, Cap. 282A and the Telecommunications (Radio Controlled Models Licence) Regulations, 2004.

As a result, in order to operate any of these devices, a licence must first be obtained from the Telecommunications Unit.

Radio controlled models include??low-power devices such as model aeroplanes, boats, racing cars or trains controlled by the radiation of electromagnetic energy.??The Regulations do not apply to model cars used indoors.

According to the Unit, certain conditions govern the operation of these devices. A person must be 14 years or older in order to be a valid holder of a license, and the device may only be operated by a licensee or one other person under the direct supervision of the licensee.

In addition, the operation of models must not cause harmful interference with any radio communication service. Model aeroplanes are prohibited from flying over a residential area, a public highway, or within a three mile radius of the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Any person who owns or operates radio communications apparatus without a licence is committing an offence, and is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $250,000, or to imprisonment for a term of three years.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting the Telecommunications Unit at Trinity Business Centre, Country Road, St. Michael; contacting the Unit at 434-2510.

Author: Telecommunications Unit/BGIS

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