08 Sep 2015

Top drone regulator considers change in approach on rules

One of the most experienced drone regulators in the world, the Swedish Transport Agency, is considering moving to a more risk-based system - thereby giving an example that could feed through to the rules in many other states.


In an interview with the Robotics Law Journal, Remi Vesvre, senior advisor at the regulator, says that the Agency is 'tempted to revise' the rules, which date back to 2009. 'We have learnt a lot since then,' he says. At the moment, the requirements for using drones hinge on whether the purpose is commercial. A risk-based approach, however, would take account of the kind of drone being used and the type of operation it was being used for. 

New Zealand in the vanguard

New Zealand, which has risk-based rules, is seen as being one of the leading regulators in the world. With large rural areas and smaller cities, New Zealand represents less of a challenge for designers of drone rules than jurisdictions which are heavily populated. 


The interview with Mr Vesvre is included in the second issue of the Robotics Law Journal, which is published today. If you would like free access to a copy of the first issue, please email the editor at: neasamacerlean@globalcitymedia.com