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Those people who shine laser pens at pilots, train and bus drivers could now face jail or heavy fines under government plans for new tougher laws.

Currently, if you shine a laser pen at a pilot you could receive a fine of up to £2,500 under the Air Navigation Order.

However, police lack the powers to tackle laser pen attacks aginst aircraft, trains and buses.

The new proposed law will mean police only have to prove the offence of shining the laser instead of having to prove that an aircraft had been endangered.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Shining a laser pointer at pilots or drivers is incredibly dangerous and could have fatal consequences.

“We want to take the common-sense approach to strengthening our laws to protect the public from those who are unaware of the dangers or even worse, intentionally want to cause harm,” Mr Grayling added.

“This kind of dangerous behaviour risks lives and must be stopped.”

Details of the new powers and punishments are to be set out in upcoming legislation, according to the Department for Transport

British Airline Pilots Association flight safety specialist Steve Landells said: “Any move to give the police and authorities more powers to tackle this real and growing threat to flight safety is a good thing, and we are pleased that the Government has included action on lasers in this bill.”

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