The Government announcement that Drones will have to be registered and users will have to sit safety awareness tests is a positive development.
When i first saw a model Drone a couple of years ago it was relatively small but now they seem to be getting larger and there have been reports in the news of Drones causing problems at airports.
As the use and size of drones become more significant it makes sense to treat them as any other vehicle, for example a driverless car. After all, if a novice was flying a drone the size of a hoover that fell on you from any significant height, or crashed into you at speed, it would cause serious injury or death.
The drone code launched last year makes some sensible rules similar in feel to the Highway Code for current road driver's:-
- always keep your drone in sight
- stay below 400 feet
- every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer's instructions
- keep the right distance from people and property
- you are responsible for each flight
- stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields
In light of the operator of the drone being responsible for each flight it would be sensible for operator's to consider, if at all possible, an appropriate level of insurance in the event they cause damage to property or injury to persons. After all, if you were seriously injured or bereaved due to a drone would you not want to know they were properly insured to meet your medical treatment costs and other losses?
It is an interesting age we currently live with the advent of driverless cars and now flying drones!
Matthew Claxson is a Solicitor and a Partner at Moore Blatch LLP who are a UK leading law firm. Matthew has written a number of articles on autonomous vehicles. He is a specialist in acting for those who have suffered serious injury or have been bereaved through the negligent act of a third party. If you wish to discuss with Matthew a new personal injury claim then telephone 0800 157 7611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drones will have to be registered and users will have to sit safety awareness tests under new rules to better regulate their growing use, the government announced today (22 July 2017).