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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL13073, tabled on 23 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent drones from interfering with equestrian events, including national hunt racing and flat racing.

Answered on

29 January 2019

There are already existing laws which provide safety, security and data protection assurance which are relevant here.

The Air Navigation Order 2016 restricts small unmanned aircraft (a drone of between 0-20kg) with a camera from being flown over or within 150m of congested areas, over or within 150m of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 people or within 50m of any vessels, vehicle or structure or people not under the control of the remote pilot.

Furthermore, small drone users that collect personal data must comply with the Data Protection Act 2018, unless a relevant exemption applies.

All drone users should also be aware that the Countryside and Rights of Way Act can apply and restricts people from undertaking any commercial activity, such as filming or photographing, on open-access land without the permission of the landowner. The CAA also require that commercial drone operators obtain a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).