Water sports, sailing and electric boats: Which obligations in the mobility law?

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The National Assembly passed the law on the orientation of mobility. Boat propulsion mode, management of marinas... The boating industry is set targets and deadlines by MPs.

Vote on the law on the orientation of mobility

On 18 June 2019, the National Assembly adopted the draft law on the orientation of mobility by a large majority. 372 MEPs voted in favour of the text and 40 opposed it. The overall objective of the law is to initiate the transition of the transport sector, particularly in ecological terms and is concerned with daily travel. But in addition to the more media-oriented provisions on adapting the 80 km/h limits, the end of fossil fuel cars in 2040 or encouraging the use of bicycles, yachting is also covered by several articles.

Facilitate the reception of electric boats from 2022

The final text incorporates a majority amendment concerning marinas. Article 37 bis AA provides for the amendment of the transport code to prepare the infrastructure and encourage the development of electric boats. "As from 1 January 2022, in marinas with a capacity of more than 100 berths, at least 1% of berths with a one-year private provision are reserved for electric vessels" states the law. By limiting themselves to high-capacity marinas and long-lasting berths, Members of Parliament are being reasonable.

Retreat on service ships and sailing schools

Other amendments have been dropped or watered down. One of them provided for an obligation for the State and local authorities to purchase vessels equipped with electric or hybrid propulsion for their fleet of bonded vessels. It was aimed in particular at the servitude fleets of French ports and inland waterways. The final text merely refers to a carbon-neutral fleet by 2050 and states: "The State shall define a programme to integrate these imperatives of accelerating the ecological transition into its policy for the renewal of the State coastal fleet

Electric port easement ship

The amendment concerning the obligation of a propeller protection device for sailing school boats has been abandoned.

Opportunities for sailing specialists

Finally, the text outlines ways of diversifying for the many architectural firms and yacht builders interested in the transport of goods by sail. Within 6 months after the promulgation of the law on the orientation of mobility, the government must submit to parliament a report on the advisability of developing an industrial sector for maritime sailing freight.

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