A leading legal professional has said that companies paying for drone services should include regulations such as the incoming Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) a part of the contracting process.
Following the recent revelation that by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that drone registration will be mandatory as of November 30th for an annual fee of £9.00, lawyer Jon Bartley, a partner at the firm RPC, said that companies should include any such fees and registration a part of their due diligence when working with drone pilots and manufactures.
“Drone regulation is increasing with new EU rules coming into force in July 2020,” Bartley said, “so companies paying for drone services should consider this as part of their due diligence and contracting process.”
The price for registration was recently decreased from the original proposed £16.50 to the current fee of £9.00.
“The government’s agreement to reduce the fee for drone registration is primarily a response to lobbying from those representing hobbyist drone operators,” Bartley added. “The winners are hobbyists but also drone manufacturers and retailers who sell drones, who argued the fee was set too high and deterred buyers from acquiring drones.”