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CLA call for tighter drone regulations

 

As the use of drones rocket, the CLA once again raised concerns over privacy and has pushed for up to date regulations. By Nicole Coombs.

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The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and local businesses said current regulations did not go far enough to protect people’s privacy and reveal the identity of drone users.

 

The news comes as online retailer Amazon announced plans to test drones as part of its new programme to deliver parcels faster and by air.

 

Growing

 

CLA director of policy and advice, Christopher Price, said: “The use of drones both commercially and for recreation is growing fast.

 

"The potential for a wide range of industries, not least agriculture, is tremendously exciting, but we need regulation to keep pace.

 

“There needs to be reassurance that drones being flown over private property or land are being done so legally, professionally and safely.”

 

The rise in drone use can be seen in recent figures from the UK Airprox board where 34 aircraft drone near misses were reported between January and June this year, in comparison with 29 incidents in the whole of 2015.

 


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The CLA’s top tips for responsible drone use

  • Fly safely and understand the law.
  • Respect the privacy of others and obtain permission before flying over private property.
  • Never fly within 50 meters of people or buildings.
  • Be aware that animals are easily frightened by drones and may injure themselves or others.
  • Use common sense, keep in sight at all times and do not fly above 400 feet.
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