UK Government Announce Drone Bill Timetable for 2018
The UK can lead the world in the use of commercial drones, that’s why @transportgovuk are publishing a draft Drone Bill in spring 2018 to ensure they’re used in a safe and secure way.
@Transportgovuk are working with industry to improve geo-fencing in the UK to restrict drones from entering no fly zones. Banning drones from flying near airports or above 400 feet could also form part of the new regulations.
New Police Powers
The draft Drone Bill, which will be published next spring, will give officers the right to order operators to ground drones where necessary. Officers will also be able to seize drone parts to prove it has been used to commit an offence.
New measures will also make it mandatory for drone owners to register to improve accountability. And drone operators will be required to use apps – so they can access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.
The government will publish the draft Drone Bill for consultation and introduce secondary legislation amendments in spring 2018. Changes to the Air Navigation Order will mean that that mean:
- drone users will have to sit safety awareness tests
- users of drones weighing 250 grams and over will in future have to be registered
The full news release can be found on the DfT website HERE.
Drones under 250g Exempt
Drones under 250g will not be affected by the new legislation. No need to register those Christmas presents. Check out ikopta top 3 drones to buy this holiday season. HERE.
What are you thoughts? Is the planned legislation harsh, or do you think they haven’t gone fare enough? Let me know via twitter @ikopta