UK Government launch public drone consultation
UK Government launch public drone consultation. The government is to consult on new measures to prevent the misuse of drones, including on-the-spot fines and the ability to seize them if necessary.
The new measures are intended to ensure drones are being used safely in a market set to grow rapidly over the next decade.
Understanding the Value of UAV technology.
Drones have the potential to bring great benefits to the UK, and with the industry predicted by PwC to be worth £42 billion to the UK by 2030, creating a blueprint for safe and secure use now is crucial to prepare for the future.
The measures in the consultation launched today (26 July 2018) are part of a wider programme of new drone legislation and will shape the content of a draft Drones Bill due to be published later this year.
Proposed measures include:
- Police issuing fixed penalty notices to those disregarding drone rules
- Using new counter-drone technology to protect public events and critical national infrastructure and stop contraband reaching prisons
- Introducing minimum age restrictions for drone owners in addition to the new tests they will need to take
- Proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off.
New drone rules hit UK 30/07/2018
On Monday (30 July 2018) updates to the Air Navigation Order also come into force – implementing new height and airport boundary restrictions.
Those breaching these restrictions will face penalties of up to £2,500 and could also be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft, which can carry a penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment.
Read the full DfT press release HERE.