UK Adopts New Drone Laws

The UK’s latest series of drone laws went into effect yesterday, closely following US operating rules while being slightly less restrictive, at least for the time being. (Need to brush up on US rules? Find them here.) The Civil Aviation Authority announced that the new laws prohibit drones from being operated at an altitude greater than 400ft above ground level and closer than 1km to an airport.

The consequences of violating the new laws are an “unlimited fine,” up to a five-year prison sentence, or both. The UK government has confirmed that it is in the process of passing legislation for an addition set of drone-related laws, which include instating a requirement for owners to register all drones over 250 grams with the Civil Aviation Authority and making it mandatory for drone owners to pass an online safety test. These additional measures will go into effect on November 30, 2019.

Earlier this month the UK government announced that they were also considering imposing an age restriction on civilian drone use.


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