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New drone regulation to prevent unsafe or criminal use of drones

But the CLA said recreational users should have to seek landowners permission before flying over private land.



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New drone regulation to prevent unsafe or criminal use of drones

Government has introduced new laws to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation.

 

The announcement came from Aviation minister Baroness Sugg who confirmed earlier today (November 27) the move would allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally whilst allowing officers the right to order operators to ground drones or seize parts for criminal evidence.

 

Whilst measures to control drone use were widely welcomed, CLA legal adviser Andrew Gillett said the association would be pushing for recreational users to seek landowners’ permission before flying over private land.

 

He said: “Drones have huge potential to benefit a wide range of industries, particularly agriculture so it is vital that regulations keep pace.


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“An increase in the use of recreational drones with cameras is a real worry to farmers and landowners over their privacy, the potential for damage to property and the safety of people and livestock on private land.”

 

The government will publish a draft Drone Bill for consultation and introduce secondary legislation amendments in spring 2018.

 

Top tips

1 – Fly safely and understand the law; you are legally responsible for every flight

2 – Respect the privacy of others and obtain permission before flying over private land or property

3 – Never fly within 50-metres of people or buildings

4 – Remember animals can be easily frightened by drones

5 – Keep the drone in sight at all times and do not fly above 400-feet

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