DfT Drone Update, What Does it Mean for ME?

No doubt by now you've seen the announcement from the DfT regarding the future legislation around drones, the full announcement is in this LINK but the key data is this:

"New powers for police to address illegal and unsafe use of drones

From:Department for Transport, Civil Aviation Authority, Innovate UK, and Baroness Sugg CBE

Part of:Aviation and airports

Published:26 November 2017

New safety laws to help put the UK at the forefront of drone technology.

Police are set to be given powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation.

The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. This will also pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services.

The draft Drone Bill, which will be published next spring, will give officers the right to order operators to ground drones where necessary. Officers will also be able to seize drone parts to prove it has been used to commit an offence.

New measures will also make it mandatory for drone owners to register to improve accountability. And drone operators will be required to use apps – so they can access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.

Banning drones from flying near airports or above 400 feet could also form part of the new regulations.

The news comes as funding for a pioneering new drones programme is announced to help cities shape the way this new technology operates and the benefits it brings.