“Between 200,000 and 250,000 boat owners may need to take the driving test,” said Lars Högdahl from the Ministry of Enterprise.
A generous set of transitional rules may however soften the blow. Seasoned boaters with many years of documented experience will for example be eligible for a licence without needing to first pass a test.
“We are aiming for the future and don’t want to take anything away from anybody,” said Högdahl.
The official hopes to present the results of his inquiry later this year.