A commercial drone operator has come forward in response to the Government’s proposed drone regulations to explain how the new measures will affect the commercial and consumer markets.
Over the weekend it was announced that the Government is planning to clamp down on nationwide use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and it will introduce new regulations to prioritise safe flying in spring next year.
The proposed changes would see UK police officers receive more authority to enforce the governmentally mandated drone regulations.
Simon Stickland, drone operator and owner at UAV media production agency, Dragons Eye Filming, explains that, while the regulations seem to be an ideal solution in theory, they are problematic to enforce.
Stickland told the BBC: “It sounds like a good idea, but the problem is always the overstretched police force – will they be given the training and the funds to catch those breaking the rules?
“We already have rules in place and yet there seems to be a lot of people getting away with things they shouldn’t be.”
While the new regulations are being designed to devolve more governing powers to police forces and to implement no-fly zones for consumers, there is a selection of newly proposed elements that stand to affect commercial operators.
Stickland said: “Tools and drones are the same thing. Drones get used to rescue people to save people’s lives, to save risk. It’s how they’re used.”
Watch Stickland’s full interview with the BBC below.