MPs ask for public opinion before investigation into drone risk

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MPs are open to views from the public as part of an upcoming investigation into the risk drones pose.

The Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry to look at the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of drones, of all sizes, across the UK.

As part of the investigation’s proposal, the committee described how although drones have had a range of positive impacts across a variety of industries but also highlighted how following increased recreational popularity, there have been several suspected drone incidents.

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It confirmed that following two previous consultations on drone safety and security and incursions at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, the Government is planning to bring forward a ‘Drones Bill’ in 2019.

Looking for views from the public and people working with drones, the committee is seeing written submission on a number of issue including ethical implications of civilian drones on citizen privacy and safety in the UK, the effectiveness of built-in drone safety features and the effectiveness of anti-drone technology in mitigating the risks of civilian drones.

It also wants to find out more on the economic opportunities arising from the growth of drone technology.

Norman Lamb MP, chair of the Science and Technology Committee, commented: “Increased drone usage represents a significant technological development and offers a range of opportunities across a variety of UK industries.

“However, increased usage with a lack of effective regulation also brings an unspecified amount of potential risks to both national security and public safety.”

He added: “The number of recreational drones appears to be on the rise. We must act now to ensure that there is effective regulation before there is any further expansion. Now is the time for us to influence Government thinking in light of recent incidents and the upcoming Drones Bill.”

The deadline for written submissions is 12 April 2019.

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