Earlier this year, the government promised to crack down on the usage and regulation of drones following a number of “near-misses” with passenger jets at UK airports. In 2016, Heathrow alone reported 70 drone incidents. In October of this year, a drone was reported to have nearly hit an aircraft which was approaching London Gatwick putting 130 lives at risk.
The government has proposed the introduction of new drone legislation which is expected to be published in Spring 2018. The proposals have been welcomed by the London Market Association as the legislation is intended to increase safety with the introduction of safety awareness tests for drone users and a registration process for users of drones weighing 250g or over. The government and drone manufacturers are also working together to use geo-fencing in order to prevent drones from entering restricted zones.