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Drone safety law tightened

August 2018

Under new rules announced by the Department of Transport, all UK drone users will have to pass online safety tests from 30 July 2018.  Anyone flying a drone weighing 250g or more will also have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA); the previous threshold was 20 kg.  Drones will be banned from flying above 121.9m, a rule which was previously guidance and will now be enshrined in law.  Failure to comply could lead to unlimited fines, up to five years in prison or both.