New safety rules to be introduced for drones in the UK

The Department for Transport has announced new safety rules regarding the use of drones in the UK.
From 30th July 2018, all UK drone users will have to pass an online safety test. As well as this, anyone flying a drone weighting 250g or more will also have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Drones will be banned from flying above 121.9m and within 1km of an airport boundary.

Users who breach these restrictions could face unlimited fines, up to five years in prison, or both. Drone owners who do not register or complete the safety test could be fined up to £1000.

These new rules are to protect aircrafts and passengers following a 25% increase in incidents involving aircrafts and drones in the UK in 2017.

The rules will be enforced via an amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016.

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