Drone Registration and Safety Tests For The Brits
New British drone owners will have to register their craft with the state and pass a mandatory safety test, according to a government announcement sneaked out over the weekend.
The plans are a response to the perceived danger of amateur drone operators cavorting around the skies willy-nilly, causing headaches for airliner pilots and air traffic controllers alike.
“Like all technology, drones too can be misused. By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public,” said aviation minister Lord Callanan in a statement.
The rules will apply to all new drones weighing more than 250 grams, with the move being intended “to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly”.
Though the government’s intention is clearly to force all new users of items other than kids’ toys to register, the details have not yet been worked out. We are told: “Users may be able to register online or through apps, under plans being explored by the government,” though the mandatory test will cover “safety, security and privacy regulations”.
“There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced,” noted the BBC.
Chinese drone maker DJI, the pre-eminent market supplier, welcomed the move. Brendan Schulman, a veep at the firm, said in a statement: “The Department for Transport’s proposal appears to strike a sensible balance between protecting public safety and bringing those benefits to the UK’s businesses and the public at large.” Continue reading about registering drones and safety classes.
Source: The Register