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Introduction of new laws to prevent unsafe or criminal use of drones

Date published: 30 November 2017


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

“For reassurance that drones are being flown legally, professionally and safely we have actively called for compulsory registration so we are pleased the Government has listened to our concerns and legislated for new measures to control drone use.

“However, 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.

“We will continue to push for a change to the Civil Aviation Act 1982 so that recreational drone users would need to seek the landowners’ permission before flying over private land.”

The CLA’s five top tips for responsible drone operation:

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

 


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