Drone users in the UK will be required to do safety awareness tests as part of planned new legislation on their usage.
Police will also be given new powers to crack down on illegal use of the unmanned aerial vehicles.
The government hopes to harness new drone technology which could see them used on oil rigs, in construction, for organ transport and parcel deliveries.
The bill has been welcomed by the pilots’ union, which has warned of near misses involving drones and aircraft.
Balpa said there had been 81 incidents so far this year – up from 71 in 2016 and 29 in 2015.
The union’s general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “These proposals are a step towards the safe integration of drones, but until the new rules are in place the threat of a serious collision remains.”
In July a drone flew directly over the wing of a large passenger jet as it came into land at London’s Gatwick Airport, which a report said had put 130 lives at risk.
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