WELLINGTON, May 11 (Bernama) -- Proposed law changes to enhance New Zealand's aviation regulatory system, modernize the sector and highlight safety were released on Saturday, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.
The new Civil Aviation Bill will modernize New Zealand's key pieces of aviation legislation, the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and the Airport Authorities Act 1966, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said in a statement.
From drones to lost luggage, the changes touch on every part of the aviation sector, Twyford said.
"Safety is our top transport priority and the proposed laws will make our airports, and flying, safer for New Zealanders and visitors to our country," he said.
Measures to improve safety include a new drug and alcohol management scheme for people who work in the sector, clearer powers for aviation security officers as well as amendments which take into account new technology like drones.
New Zealanders will be able to apply to the Disputes Tribunal over lost, delayed or damaged baggage, the minister said.
Officials are holding a series of meetings with airports, airlines and the wider aviation community to discuss the changes. The public are also invited to give their feedback before July 6, which will inform the development of the final legislation to be introduced later this year, he added.