The consultation will also consider whether there is a need for a new criminal offense for misuse of drones.
The government plans to introduce new measures to ensure the successful uptake of drones is matched by strong safeguards to protect the public.
Measures out for consultation today (21 December 2016) include:
- mandatory registration of new drones
- tougher penalties for illegal flying near no-fly zones and new signs for no-fly zones at sensitive sites such as airports and prisons
- making drones electronically identifiable so the owner’s details can be passed to police if they are spotted breaking the law
The government is determined to make the most of this emerging technology, estimated to be worth around £102 billion by 2025. But ministers are clear it will only be a success if it is done safely, and with the consent of the public.
Quo vadis? Where are you going?
It is starting to seem that the more experience governments have with drones, the more stringent the enforcement is becoming.
We saw this in Canada which is revamping its licensing based in part on the danger posed by the drone. And now this from the UK which to be sure has had more than it’s share of “close calls” even if they don’t all turn out to be drones.
The third item “making drones electronically identifiable” caught my attention. You might remember that FESSA (The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016) contained 13 UAS specific safety provisions. The very first one, SEC. 2202. IDENTIFICATION STANDARDS said that “the FAA… shall convene industry stakeholders to facilitate the development of consensus standards for remotely identifying operators and owners.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out on both sides of the pond since the “best” way to do it is to have the manufacturer integrate the transponder and the merchant register it at the time of sale, or have the manufacturer register it online prior to first flight. This could be similar to the process that DJI developed to bypass geofencing to fly in otherwise restricted areas.
BTW a consultation appears to be the equivalent of an FAA NPRM (notice of proposed rule making.) Page 7 of the “Consultation on the Safe Use of drones in the UK” says:
The consultation covers proposals in the following key areas:
• Encouraging innovation and growth in the UK drone sector
• Ensuring safety and operation within the law
• Moving into the future with drones
We would like to hear your views on these proposals. All consultation questions are summarised at the end of this consultation document.
To learn more, you can download the document here.