The government is planning new regulations that will require owners of drone to pass a test and to acquire a licence before they are allowed to fly them.
An announcement from the Department for Transport, Civil Aviation Authority and Military Aviation Authority today claims that the new rules and regulation are intended to improve use and accountability.
"The UK is at the forefront of an exciting and fast-growing drones market and it is important we make the most of this emerging global sector. Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones.
"Increasingly, drones are proving vital for inspecting transport infrastructure for repair or aiding police and fire services in search and rescue operations, even helping to save lives," droned Aviation Minister Lord Callanan.
He continued: "But like all technology, drones too can be misused. By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public."
Of course, drones can be used in many ways that the authorities wouldn't approve of. For example, we have already seen prisons put up nets to keep them from dropping drugs or files onto the heads of prisoners.
A drone code already exists, but it does not enable the government to collect information about drone users - the new regulations do.
"Owners of drones weighing 250 grammes and over will in future have to register details of their drones to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly," explains the Department for Transport.
It continues: "Users may be able to register online or through apps, under plans being explored by the government. The move follows safety research that concluded drones could damage the windscreens of helicopters."
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