This morning the CAA officially opened the consultation on the on the proposed charge for the new UK drone operator registration scheme. Members of the public have until 7 June 2019 to view and respond to the proposal.
This comes in preparation for the Government mandated UK Drone Registration Scheme, which is due to be launched from 1 October 2019 and is a legal requirement under the Air Navigation Order (ANO) from 30 November 2019.
What are the CAA proposing?
The CAA are proposing an annual charge of £16.50 for each operator. They advise this is to cover the cost of running the registration scheme, which includes:
- IT hosting and security costs;
- CAA personnel and helpdesk;
- identity verification;
- a national education and awareness campaign; and
- costs of further upgrades to the initial drone registration service.
Why are they consulting?
The Government has provided a significant amount of taxpayer funding to cover the costs of developing the new drone registration scheme up until 1 October 2019.
From that date onwards, the costs of running the scheme will be borne by those who use it under the “user pays” principle. This is because as a statutory body, the CAA has to recover its costs from those it regulates.
The CAA has based their costs on an assumption of 170,000 registrations over the initial 18 month period.
How you can respond to the charge proposal
We encourage all of our PfCO students, alumni and customers who will or may be affected to get involved and provide your response in line with the consultation.
The CAA are accepting online submissions to the Charge proposal for the UK Drone Registration Scheme, until 7 June 2019. Follow the link below to submit your online response:
To learn more about the UK Drone Registration Scheme coming into force in November 2019, click here.