MP hints at restrictions on the use of drones

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The use of drones by members of the public could soon be monitored by the Government.

The Department for Transport has confirmed it is “currently looking at a range of options including regulation, registration and licensing” measures relating to the leisure use of drones.

Consumer sales of drones have spiked sharply over the last 12 months.

Consumer sales of drones have spiked sharply over the last 12 months.

Mark Pritchard asked in a written parliamentary question to the Department for Transport if it will introduce regulations to monitor the sale of drones for private and commercial use.

In a written response Transport Minister and Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill said: “The Civil Aviation Authority keeps a record of all the permissions they have issued to fly commercial drones in UK airspace.

“However, this does not extend to leisure users of drones.

“To address this, the Department for Transport is currently looking at a range of options including regulation, registration and licensing options and a database to increase transparency on the use of drones for the general public.”