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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL5925, tabled on 8 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require geo-fencing to be installed on all drones for commercial sale.

Answered on

16 March 2017

The Government’s consultation on the future safe use of drones in the UK closed on 15 March 2017. It included a proposal to require geo-fencing to be installed on all commercially sold drones. The Department intends to publish its conclusions from the consultation in the summer of this year, when we have fully analysed the evidence presented.

Many of the leading drone manufacturers already include forms of geo-fencing capability on their drones. However, as geo-fencing is not infallible, the Department is in discussions with manufacturers to explore how it and other technical safety measures might be improved.

The Government is also considering a number of other measures to promote the safe use of drones, such as improving information provision and increasing the penalties for breaking the law.