Drone users to sit safety tests as part of new laws proposal

UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

A new proposed law before Parliament would require drone owners to not only register their drones, but also willingly give up pieces of their device if the United Kingdom police believe "if there is reasonable suspicion of it having been involved in an offense".

The draft Drone Bill also sets out new powers for police, granting them the authority to seize drones believed to have been used in criminal activity. The government is also working with drone manufacturers on technology which produces virtual barriers, to stop the machines operating in restricted areas, the report said.

The draft bill is due to be published in the spring, and it's possible that the exact contents will change either before then or before it is enshrined in law.

That means anyone with a drone over 250g could be banned from flying over 400 feet or anywhere near airports.

The Flying High Challenge, run by Nesta in partnership with Innovate UK, will consider how drone technology develops to meet the needs and realities of urban life.

At the same time as announcing incoming drone regulations draft, the government revealed it's funding a drone innovation project which launches today - inviting United Kingdom cities to get involved in R&D focused on using the tech to transform critical services, such as emergency health services and organ transport, essential infrastructure assessment and fix, and parcel delivery and logistics.

Tim Johnson, Policy Director at the CAA said: "The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) supports the safe development of drones in the UK".

"But if we are to realise the full potential of this incredibly exciting technology, we have to take steps to stop illegal use of these devices and address safety and privacy concerns".

Serena Kennedy, Assistant Chief Constable of the National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Criminal Misuse of Drones suggested taking usage of drones seriously.

However, the new rules will also lay out how drones can be used to benefit society.

The bill will also make it mandatory for operators of drones larger than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) to register with the government and to undertake safety tests to qualify for that registration. We welcome plans to increase drone operator training, safety awareness and the creation of no-fly zones.

The proposed law would also codify the rules brought up during the summer. This will help them to ensure that they can make them fly safely and legally.

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