Dear owners of the Evinrude 40 e-Tec: sail safe and unlicensed this summer!


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We did it! Dear boaters who own the unjustly discriminated against Evinrude 40 e-Tec outboard engine, this summer you can go cruising safely and without a license! Do you remember our campaign(HERE) that had pointed out the macroscopic error in the legislation that forced only one 40-horsepower boat license: the Evinrude 40 e-Tec, precisely? Thanks to UCINA (the marine industry association) and also to our media pressure, now, starting July 26, the engine can be driven without a license.

Here is the note from UCINA:
The request to amend Art. 39 of the Boating Code (Legislative Decree No. 171 of July 18, 2005) was accepted by the government and included in the so-called Milleproroghe Decree, effective July 26, 2018.

This deferred the effects of the rule, introduced with the reform of the Boating Code (Legislative Decree 229/2017), which required a boating license for 2-stroke, direct-injection outboard engines with a displacement of more than 750 cc, even if their power is less than 40 hp.

The Boating Code establishes a twofold requirement for driving without a license for small units: a power output of in any case less than 40hp and a cap on the displacement, which varies according to the type of motorization. However, some types were not covered by the old text, such as 2-stroke direct-injection outboards, whose regulatory provision covered only carbureted models. Therefore, the legislature filled in the existing gaps.

“As soon as we received information from two directly affected companies that the new displacement limit was punitive for some models already on the market, we immediately took action with the strength of our entire structure, which I thank for the great work done”-explains UCINA Confindustria Nautica Motor Assembly President Maurizio Selva. “I myself have gone down to Rome on several occasions to personally meet with the top management of the Ministry of Transport, who promptly and positively responded to our requests for action. In this way, the season of thousands of boaters and hundreds of small boat rental companies is saved.”

“Without the personal commitment of the Undersecretary for Transport, Edoardo Rixi, and the Ministry’s Legislative Office, we could never have hoped to include the rule in the Milleproroghe decree, giving it immediate effect,” – explains satisfied UCINA Confindustria Nautica President Carla Demaria – “and the work done by the offices of the Maritime Transport Directorate to seek a solution would have been in vain, at least for this season. The inclusion in the decree, on the other hand, makes it possible to immediately suspend the prediction of the license for this specific type of engine, until January 2019, and gives us time for further technical investigation.”

DECREE-LAW July 25, 2018, no. 91 (Thousand-Extensions)
Art. 4, para. 3:

“3. The provisions of Article 39, paragraph 1(b), of Legislative Decree No. 171 of July 18, 2005, regarding the compulsory requirement of a nautical license for the driving of units having an engine with a displacement of more than 750 cc with two-stroke fuel injection, shall be applied as of January 1, 2019.”




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