UK government announces drone registration; adds new drone code for users

Announced on 22 July, a drone weighing in at 250 grams and above will have to be registered from now on.

In order to better regulate drone usage, the UK government has announced that all the drones would need be registered. The registration process also includes a test regarding safety awareness of using a drone, that owners will need to answer.

Announced on 22 July, drones weighing in at 250 grams and above will have to be registered. Other than online registration, the government is planning to start the registration through apps as well. As per the release on the UK government's website, damage to the windscreen of helicopters has been cited as one of the reasons for registration. As for the 'new drone safety awareness test' the owner will need to go through regulations regarding UK's safety and privacy rules.

Meanwhile, the UK has planned to incorporate geo-fencing, where institutions like prisons and hospitals or places like airports would be fenced by GPS sensors. This will create an invisible shield around critical areas where drones cannot be flown. This form of 'fencing' may be used in areas considered sensitive by the UK.

In collaboration with UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it intends to build emerging markets with the help of drones. As per UK's Aviation Minister, Martin Callanan,"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."

The CAA has also launched a new drone code for users, which include instructions for flying drones such as maintaining a distance from people and property, amongst others.

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