UK police to be granted new powers to seize drones

Norfolk Police drone

UK police will be granted new powers in utilising anti-drone technology and seizing illegally used drones, under the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill that Parliament will debate today.

Parliament will today (January 27) hear the second reading of the bill which will give police powers to land, inspect and seize drones by using counter-drone technology.

It would primarily focus on illegal drone activity around airports, prisons and other restricted areas, as well as infringements like flying drones too high or too close to buildings. Senior prison authorities will also have the ability to use this power.

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Flying without the proper permissions or exemptions, and not registering ones drone and being certified, could result in an on-the-spot fine under the new legislation.

The government assures drone users that those who follow the law will encounter no problems.

It is also testing counter-drone measures in a bid to crack down on illegal use.

Security Minister Brandon Lewis said: “This bill is a vital part of the government’s strategy to tackle the illegitimate use of drones and protect the UK’s growing drone industry.

“For the UK to establish itself as a global leader in this exciting technology it is vital that police have the powers to crack down on those who intend to use drones to cause harm or disruption.”

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “Drones have incredible potential, whether that’s by transforming how we move goods around or saving lives in search and rescue missions.

“Most people using drones want to do so responsibly, and we encourage them to familiarise themselves with the law.

“We are confident these police powers will be used proportionately to both deter careless drone use and to tackle serious, malicious criminal activity.”

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