The UK is planning to make amateur drone pilots sit a flight safety test in response to the rising number of near-misses with aircraft.
The flight test will be part of an overall package of regulation to be presented to parliament in the coming months. It will also require all drones weighing more than 250g to be registered.
The UK also wants to create a database of sensitive sites and buildings, such as prisons and airports, which would allow manufacturers to install “geo-fencing” sensors to prevent drones from flying near or over those areas.
The measures come as countries around the world seek to deal with a sharp rise in the use of drones for both leisure and commercial purposes.
Lawmakers are keen not to dent the growth of an emerging industry that could be worth £102bn globally.