Commercial and Recreational Drone use in the UK – Government launch inquiry

Commercial and Recreational Drone use in the UK – Government Launch inquiry.

Commercial and Recreational Drone use in the UK - Government launch inquiry

This inquiry will look at the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK.

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

“Increased drone usage represents a significant technological development and offers a range of opportunities across a variety of UK industries. 

“However, increased usage with a lack of effective regulation also brings an unspecified amount of potential risks to both national security and public safety.

“We have seen highly publicised ‘near misses’ together with the suspected drone interference at Gatwick airport, and to a lesser extent Heathrow. This led to hundreds of flights being cancelled and affected thousands of passengers.

“The number of recreational drones appears to be on the rise. We must act now to ensure that there is effective regulation before there is any further expansion. Now is the time for us to influence Government thinking in light of recent incidents and the upcoming Drones Bill.”

How to respond?

The Committee is seeking written submissions on:

  • The ethical implications of civilian drones on citizen privacy and safety in the UK;
  • The effectiveness of built-in drone safety features, such as tracking and monitoring capabilities, in mitigating the risks of civilian drones;
  • The effectiveness of anti-drone technology in mitigating the risks of civilian drones;
  • The economic opportunities arising from the growth of drone technology;
  • The success, or otherwise, of regulatory frameworks for civilian drones and what should be covered in the forthcoming ‘Drones Bill’;
  • The plans for registration of civilian drones in the UK;
  • The current state of drone safety education and research in the UK; and
  • International comparators with exemplary drone-interference prevention policies. 

All responses need to be sent to the public inquiry via the on-line portal which can be found HERE.

The deadline for written submissions is 12 April 2019.

Commercial and Recreational Drone use in the UK - Government launch inquiry

New Drone Airport Restrictions in Force

As of the 13th of March 2019 new drone airport restrictions have come into force.

Read full details HERE.