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Drone camera owners could be fined £1,000 if they don’t register device

Jimmy Nsubuga
·1-min read
LISBON, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 03: A drone with a video camera flies over Santo Amaro Recreation dock during Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrival on December 03, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The increased use of drones has occasioned a rise in incidents near Lisbon, where one of them crashed on the runway, and other airports. In 2018, the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) reported 53 drone incidents, near almost as many as the 59 reported between 2015 and 2017. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
New rules have come in for drones (Getty)

People who own a drone with a camera attached could be fined £1,000 if they don’t register their device.

The new regulations, introduced on New Year’s Eve, were designed to protect the privacy of citizens.

Devices will have to be registered to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or the owner will risk a penalty.

Previously all drones heavier than 250g had to be registered but this now extends to lighter ones that have cameras.

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A DJI Mavic Air 2 quadcopter is seen flying indoors in Warsaw, Poland on May 23, 2020. (Photo Illustration by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
New regulations started on New Year's Eve (Getty)

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The regulations came into force in the UK ahead of Europe adopting the measures on Friday.

The rules are expected to increase the number of drone users after the distinction between recreational and commercial applications was removed.

The regulations group drones into risk categories of high, medium and low, with all required to be registered with the CAA.

Low-risk drones will have operational limitations but will not need authorisation for flights.

Authorisation will be needed for medium-risk drones depending on a risk assessment, while high-risk craft will have to observe aviation rules.

The guidance mirrors that of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, which from 1 January will unite drone rules across the EU, Norway and Iceland.

Drone owners need to complete a test online before being permitted to fly a drone.

They must also display an ID number on their device.

CAA memberships cost £9 annually.

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