Unmanned Air Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to introduce proposals for (a) mandatory registration of drones and (b) safety courses for owners of drones.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Following our public consultation on drones, we announced in July our intention to introduce a registration scheme and mandatory competency testing for all users of drones weighing 250g or more. In doing so, we will increase the accountability of these users and improve their awareness of the rules and regulations, helping to reduce the misuse of drones and protect public safety, security and privacy. Furthermore, anyone using a drone of 250g and above will receive, at minimum, online training on how to fly safely and then be required to pass a short knowledge test in order to prove they have understood the rules.

We are currently considering legislative vehicles to deliver these measures and what further steps may need to be taken.

We will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and industry partners to develop the detailed standards and requirements for these two policies, to ensure effective and robust systems are put in place, and intend to provide an update soon.

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