Drone users in the UK may have to register and take safety test

Drone enthusiasts in the UK may have to register and also take a safety test in order to fly their drone.

Under this reviewed new safety rule pending the result of a Government consultation, anyone caught flying a drone in unauthorised airspace could face tougher consequences.

These new regulations follow numerous incidents in the UK where drones have been seen flying dangerously close to planes.

Jonathan Nicholson, from the Civil Aviation Authority, said: "We do see a rise in the number of near misses reported by airline pilots, and we have had complaints from members of the public about drones being flown too close to them, which the police receive."

There are existing rules in place that prohibit anyone from flying a drone with a camera within 50 metres of buildings and public spaces.

Aviation Minister, Lord Ahmad, said: “Some are not aware of the rules or choose to break them putting public safety, privacy and security at risk."

Commercial drone users have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), but under newly purposed regulations these rules would apply to average drone users as well as having to take a test.

Not everyone is happy with these purposed drone rules: "Setting up a drone equivalent of the DVLA is likely to be costly," Simon Dale, of the FPV group said.

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