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Sweden mulls driving licenses for water-scooters

Updated måndag 22 juli 2013 kl 18.56
Published måndag 22 juli 2013 kl 10.27
Photo: Jens Meyer/Scanpix

Sweden's infrastructure minister, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, says she will consider the introduction of driving licenses for water-scooters, following a growing number of accidents involving the high-speed craft.

Chief of the naval police, Calle Jonsson, also welcomes the idea, saying a license could help prevent accidents and save lives.

Elmsäter-Svärd is calling for clarity on how the authorities enforce existing legislation, and told Swedish Radio News that she will consult with police and the coast guard on how to proceed.

Water-scooters are increasingly popular in Sweden, and according to the Swedish Transport Agency, there are one to two deaths per year caused by water-scooter accidents.

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