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Detail of outcome
We will introduce new measures to tackle the sale of unsafe laser pointers, including:
- strengthening safeguards to stop high-powered lasers entering the country
- working with manufacturers and retailers to improve labelling
Read the full outcome in the government response above.
Detail of feedback received
We received 265 responses to the call for evidence. These came from a range of stakeholders, including:
- amateur astronomy societies
- Trading Standard authorities
- professionals working in the laser safety industry
- concerned members of the public
The call for evidence covers the misuse of laser pointers, particularly the safety issues involving ‘laser attacks’ on pilots and drivers of lorries and other vehicles following an increase in the number of these attacks. In addition, it looks at concerns about the potential for retinal damage among consumers where high powered laser pointers are shone into the eyes.
The call for evidence considers updating regulations governing the import and trade of laser pointers, as well as potential solutions involving licensing arrangements, restrictions on supply, and the introduction of a specific criminal offence for ‘laser attacks’ on planes or vehicles.
We are seeking responses from a wide variety of stakeholder groups as well as the general public.