• The interests of the public and consumers are at the heart of all that we do. We drive to be a transparent, fair and effective regulator, which is reflected in our recent work to streamline our processes, identify and remove regulatory burdens and become more risk-focussed. We are keen to ensure that our policy proposals are prepared to take account of the value, costs and benefits of alternative options for all stakeholders.

    While keeping the public and consumers at the forefront of our work, we must also balance these interests with creating a regulatory environment which supports growth in the aviation sector and avoids imposing unnecessary burdens on the industry.

    Our principles are reinforced by the government's Better Regulation framework and its Regulators' Code, to which all UK regulators must comply. The Code's core principles are:

    • Proportionality - Regulators should intervene only when necessary; remedies should be appropriate to the risk posed, and costs identified and minimised.
    • Accountability - Regulators should be able to justify decisions and be subject to public scrutiny
    • Consistency - Government rules and standards must be joined up and implemented fairly
    • Transparency - Regulators should be open and keep regulations simple and user-friendly
    • Targeting - Regulation should be focussed on the problem and minimise side effects
  • "The Growth Duty" requires regulators to consider the economic consequences of their actions; be proportionate in their decision making; and to keep regulatory burdens to a minimum. The Duty will apply to the CAA and is expected to come into effect in Autumn 2016. We will be required to report on our compliance with the Duty annually.

    We already undertake assessments for our regulatory activities that have an impact on business as part of our policy development process. New requirements from government will make this a statutory requirement. The Business Impact Target (BIT) will apply to all CAA measures that regulate the activities of business and contribute towards the government's target to achieve £10bn in deregulatory savings.

  • Our recent work to improve the regulatory environment in aviation: