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The previously planned slight reduction in the catalog of questions and the switch to multiple choice does not stop there: The entire structure is being revised - a surprising turnaround.
After the Federal Ministry of Transport presented the new, slimmed-down questionnaires for sports boat driving licenses that had been changed to the check-cross procedure last summer, protests rose in parts of the industry - the reform did not go far enough for some. The Federal Association of the Water Sports Industry (BVWW), ADAC, Kreuzer-Yachtclub Deutschland e. V. and the Association of German Charter Companies pleaded for a fundamental reform. But the chances seemed slim (YACHT 14/2010).
Now, however, the BVWW has announced “good news for pleasure boaters”: The above-mentioned organizations have agreed on a completely new structure with the ministry and the associations it has lent (German Sailing and German Motor Yacht Association). It brings with it significant simplifications, in particular a significantly reduced number of questions and a reduction in examination fees.
After that, the new, modular driver's license model should look like this:
• Basic module with approx. 80 questions (applies to inland and sea) • Specific sea module with approx. 220 questions• Specific internal module / engine with approx. 220 questions• Specific internal module / sailing with approx. 50 question
Driving license applicants who want to take the official sport boat driving license inland / motor or sea must be able to answer around 300 questions each. Applicants who want to acquire both driving licenses (also one after the other) are confronted with a total of around 520 questions.
Applicants who only want to acquire the sport boat license inland under sail are exempt from answering the engine-specific questions in the basic module.
BVWW President Robert Marx is satisfied with an initial reaction: “The agreement reached is a positive signal for the industry. The questionnaires have been freed from unnecessary ballast and applicants who want to take both driving licenses no longer need to answer questions twice."
According to the current state of development, it can be assumed that the new questionnaires will not come into force before 2012.