UK to Introduce New Regulations for Drone Use. Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government.
Under the rules, owners of drones weighing more than 250g – heavier than many available on the high street – will have to register their details and demonstrate that they understand safety and privacy laws that affect their use.
The move follows research that showed strikes by drones of more than 400g could critically damage helicopter windscreens, while a bigger drone of about 2kg could critically harm airliner windscreens at higher speeds.
Commercial drone operators are already obliged to complete a training course and register their drones with the CAA. Its rules state drones must not be flown above 120 metres (400ft), out of the user’s sight, over crowds or near aircraft and airports.
Under the new rules, drone owners will be made to pass a safety awareness course in order to “prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations”.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that it is considering an age limit for the test, which could mean that children will be banned from flying drones.
There are also plans to extend the use of geo-fencing, in which drones have no-fly zones programmed into them around areas such as prisons and airports.
Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.