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Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

Plotting the UK’s drone future

With drones appearing under many a Christmas tree this year and growing estimates of the industry’s importance, the UK’s Department of Transport launched a review of the regime governing their use.

The “Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK” looks at the most effective ways of balancing the UK’s aim to be a leading UAV innovator with the need to increase both the accountability of drone users and awareness of regulation.

The UK’s development friendly environment has already attracted some major players but, as the popularity of unmanned aircraft continues to grow, so too has awareness of the risks associated with them and the need to ensure their safe integration into daily life.

Proposals under consideration include mandatory registration of drones, competency standards for their users, electronic identification technology and increased penalties. The consultation is set to close on 15 March 2017 and you can read our summary of the consultation here.