Norwegian government introduces new boat license for fast driving

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The Norwegian government is introducing a requirement for a separate high-speed certificate for drivers of recreational boats and personal watercraft that can achieve speeds of 50 knots or more.

The new license, a “certificate of competence,” will require people to complete both a theoretical and a practical exam.

The government wants the new requirements to enter into force in 2023 in order to give boat owners and course centers time to comply with the new rules.

“There will be stricter competence requirements for those who drive leisure boats at high speed. The government’s overall objective with boat policy is to facilitate a safe boating life, and we have a zero-accidents with fatalities or serious injuries vision when it comes to recreational boats. That is why we are making these changes,” Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) said.

During the consultation process, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate has estimated a course cost of approximately NOK 3,500.

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