The UK government is considering requiring owners of drones over 250 grams to register the device and attend a safety course. The safety course will ensure owners fully understand safety, security and privacy laws. The plan goes a step further by preprogramming no-fly zones into drones in order to avoid places like airports and prisons.
Aviation Minister Lord Martin Callanan emphasized, "Our measures prioritize protecting the public while maximizing the full potential of drones." While drones have been helping with inspections of transport infrastructure and assisting police Callanan goes on to say, "But like all technology, drones too can be misused. By registering drones and introducing safety awareness tests to educate users, we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public."
While a major incident with a drone has yet to happen there have been close calls with aircraft and issues surrounding drug drops in prison yards. Drone manufacturer DJI has expressed its support of the governments plans.
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