Sweden introduced a water scooter law in 1993 which restricted the vehicles access to certain areas on environmental grounds – particularly due to the noise they made.
However last year it became clear that the law conflicted with EU rules which say that a court must prove that the scooter is more dangerous to the environment than a boat. Since the scooters are less noisy today and make less waves that proved impossible.
Courts have now stopped taking up cases of complaints and the Coast Guard has stopped pressing charges, except where scooter drivers break the law of the sea by driving recklessly.
A review of the law is currently underway.