UK Transport Committee launches new inquiry on drones

In the Westminster Parliament, the Lower House Transport Committee has launched a new inquiry to consider how the benefits of drone technology can be maximised within a robust safety framework.

Use of civilian drones in the UK is increasing. Drones are now used for a wide range of purposes and there is a significant scope for expansion in the future. A report by PwC found that the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127 billion. However, the increasing use of drones also raises a number of regulatory and operational issues. This includes risk to other aircraft – an area where laser pens are also an increasing concern.

The Committee would be grateful to receive written evidence submissions by 26 May 2017.