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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

I am old enough to remember...

..the licence required by the Home Office Radio Regulatory Board to operate a radio controlled model. It was an arbitrary charge - you gained no benefit from having it, and just had to pay for the privilege of having a hobby.

In the late 1970s/early 1980s CB radios started coming over from the US to the UK. These transmitted on the same band as model radio, and consequently interfered with the controls, causing the model to crash. When asked to do something about this, the Radio Regulatory Board could do nothing, so they just made the band license-free...

Licenses of this kind are no more than a money-making scam.

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