With the purchase and use of drones increasing, it is worth a reminder of the important updates in law to prevent the commission of criminal offences involving drones.
The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018, introduced on the 30th May 2018 and effective from the 30th July 2018, restricts all drones (irrespective of weight) from flying above 400 feet and within 1km of airport boundaries. A breach of these regulations could possibly result in a prosecution for the serious offence of recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft. This can result in a maximum 5 year custodial sentence.
The government will also be introducing some further laws from November 2019. From the 30th November 2019 new laws will require any drone weighing over 250 grams to register with the Civilian Aviation Authority and further undertake an online safety test. This will apply to a lot of the popular drones on sale today including the more advanced drones which have inbuilt camera facilities.
Failing to register with the Civilian Aviation Authority or pass the online tests before flying will become a criminal offence carrying a £1,000 fine.
For more information please contact a member of our Criminal Law team.