CAA expecting 50,000 more names for drone registration scheme as deadline passes

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The drone registration deadline has passed for UK users, with drones weighing over 250g, to register with the CAA.

Issuing a final call last week, the CAA said it had 40,000 registrations but was expecting ‘thousands more to register.’

Users that are not registered face a fine of £1,000.

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From November 30, UK drone users who fail to provide proof of registration when asked by the police will be subject to the fine.

Registration is mandatory for drone owners and operators in the UK with drones weighing over 250g and costs £9.

The CAA estimates that there are 90,000 drone users in the UK, meaning 50,000 are still at risk of the fine.

Linked to registration is an online drone safety education and test package.

This is also a legal requirement for anyone flying a drone over 250g and will apply whether they are a drone owner or not.

Jonathan Nicholson, the CAA’s assistant director of communications, said: “UK drone laws are changing and it’s vital that drone users – whether they fly regularly or not – are aware of how the drone registration scheme will affect them.”

Adding: “Registration becomes law from the 30th November. If you are caught flying a drone from then, and unable to present proof of registration, you could be hit with a £1,000 fine. The online registration system has been designed to be as intuitive and accessible as possible, meaning those that need to register online can do so easily by the deadline.”

The new legislation only applies to drones being flown outside. Model fliers belonging to a recognised association will be added to the register in the new year in conjunction with their association.

Users can now register as a drone operator and/or flyer at: register-drones.caa.co.uk

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