Foster: Rules on civil use of drones need to be light-touch and safety-focused

14-Jul-2015 @ 14:30

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster has today presented her draft report on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems – or drones – for non-military use.

The report, which will be voted on by MEPs in September, seeks to ensure that rules are in place to encourage the safe development of new drone technologies.

National rules currently exist or are being developed in a number of EU countries, including the UK but there is currently no EU-wide regulation of small and medium-sized drones.

Mrs Foster's report - the first ever by the European Parliament to deal with civil drones - seeks to ensure that regulation is risk-based, while avoiding an unnecessary burden for the emerging industry.

The North West MEP and Deputy Leader of the Conservative delegation said: "Whether it is engineers checking the safety of power cables, a farmer monitoring his crops, or an entertainment company taking footage of a rock concert, drones offer huge potential.

"The UK is a world-leader in the innovation of drone technology and there is huge potential for both the manufacturing and the use of drones.

"Drone technology is developing quickly, so I am keen to ensure the EU takes a flexible and light-touch approach to regulation, taking into account the international dimension.

"However we must ensure that safety is always paramount and that we take a case-by-case rather than one-size-fits-all approach to regulation."

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