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Tougher laser misuse laws come into force 10/07/2018 New laws introducing tough penalties for people who target vehicles such as trains, planes, cars and boats with lasers are now in force.

Tougher laser misuse laws come into force

New laws introducing tough penalties for people who target vehicles such as trains, planes, cars and boats with lasers are now in force. The Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act means that offenders will face much tougher penalties of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

The Act also expands the law to protect air traffic controllers carrying out important flight navigation work to keep people safe. In addition, the Act gives police and law enforcement more powers to catch and prosecute offenders, as there is no longer a need to prove intention to endanger a vehicle.

“Lasers, used recklessly, can have very serious, potentially fatal consequences. This Government has toughened up the law to crack down on this dangerous behaviour,” said Baroness Sugg, Aviation Minister. “These new laws offer greater protection for operators and passengers alike against irresponsible and reckless laser use.”

The new legislation was introduced in December and latest figures show the number of laser aviation incidents fell in March to the lowest levels since 2009.

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