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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 172638, tabled on 10 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on drones.

Answered on

13 September 2018

In May this year, the Government amended the Air Navigation Order to restrict drones from flying above 400ft and within 1km of an airport boundary. These measures came into effect in July this year. The amendments also introduced the registration of all drone operators with drones of 250g and over, as well as competency tests for remote pilots of drones of 250g and over. These will come into effect in November 2019.

The Government is currently consulting on measures to be included in a draft Drones Bill such as greater police powers against the misuse of drones and proposals for regulating and mandating the use of safety ‘apps’ and counter-drone technology. A draft Drones Bill is due to be published shortly.

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