The Government’s drone consultation response has been published today and it announces registration for all drones weighing 250g or more.
There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced. The Department of Transport commented that “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out”.
The consultation details that registration will encompass a drone safety awareness test that will involve potential flyers having to “prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations”.
The vision of registration is to improve the accountability of drone users, aid enforcement and enable direct educational targeting of drone users in order to improve safety, security and privacy.
DSR believes this is a timely and welcome move in the right direction. Drones in the correct responsible hands bring huge benefits to the UK economy and also they are enjoyed by a growing number of hobbyists.
On a commercial level drones are changing the face of many sectors. Drones are unlocking unimaginable technological and creative benefits. We are seeing drones improve safety, save time and costs.
Public safety comes first. Safety in our skies is paramount and anything that helps to focus people’s minds on this is a positive thing.
DSR stands by the governments decision to introduce registration on the premise that it will hopefully make our skies safer.