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An airplane flies over a drone Jan. 1, 2015. Photo by Carlo

London- The British Department for Transport has announced new regulations on the use of drones. The new regulations include registering data of 250 g-drones, and forcing their owners to undergo tests on awareness and safety regulations.

According to the Transport Department, all people owning drones should pass the test. It added that it may set a determined age for people who should undergo the test, which means that children will be banned from using drones weighing above 250 grams.

The government’s decision has been based on the results of a research saying that the crash of a drone weighing above 400 grams with an aircraft may smash this latter’s window, while a heavier drone (2kg and above) may damage windows of high-speed airplane.

Experts called on the UK government to launch campaigns on drone usage after crash threats, particularly during the departure and landing of airplanes in main airports, including Heathrow.

Crash accidents with commercial aircraft reached 22 in the first four months of the year, according to a survey conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority, but, the British police failed in tracking drone users committing these accidents.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) greeted the government’s decision to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses, but requested to see its details.

The government said it is still studying the options to activate the new regulations, and aims to expand the use of fences which stop drones from entering into sensitive zones like airports and prisons.

DGA Company that manufactures drones also greeted the new decision.