The regulations surrounding drones in the United Kingdom are considerably harsh, with the technology almost impossible to use without multiple permits. Drone Experts are demanding that these regulations be relaxed, and new chemical spraying measures be implemented amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Drone pilots across the United Kingdom could be trained on these emergency services, allowing for public areas to be sprayed down with disinfected. Nations like India and China have implemented these measures, with the UK and European Union unable to follow with legislative bans.
It should be noted that drones can cover significant areas, ensuring that the method of spraying would be valid. When questioned if spraying disinfectant would be implemented, the Department of Health & Social Services expressed there weren’t any plans. This follows after experts have advised UK Government Authorities that this wouldn’t be an effective way to implement resources. Considering that government entities are following the advice of medical and scientific experts, it’s not surprising that their following the recommendations of these individuals over resources. Boris Johnson and other UK Parliament Members want to ensure that lives are saved dramatically.
The Public Health of England Commission confirmed that decontamination measures would be implemented in locations where COVID-19 has been established. However, those measures apply solely to the infected individual. Following areas surrounding the infection won’t be decontaminated, with the Civil Aviation Authority believing this is the wrong decision. The CAA governs over Drone Pilots in the United Kingdom. They think that with some standard disinfectants, neighbourhoods with confirmed infections could be decontaminated. These pilots could be protected from COVID-19 by operating their Drones via a variety of vehicles.
Multiple education institutions across the United Kingdom have expressed that Drone Emergency Services have proved beneficial in Asia and the Middle East. However, there have been cases where weather systems prompted the disinfectant to be spread unevenly. This diminishes the sprays decontamination capabilities, ruining the purpose of Drone Emergency Services. The UK suffers from unexpected weather systems, which could be a significant reason behind their decision not to support DES. This could change with the onslaught of Spring and Summer coming shortly, where weather patterns would become more consistent for drones spraying disinfectant.