The end of UK motorsport? | NEWS
Despite the UK voting to leave the EU a new piece of legislation, if implemented could wipe out any kind of motor sport overnight.
Yesterday the government issued a document for public consultation which gives the option to implement a European Court of Justice decision known as the Vnuk Judgement. It came about after a Slovenian farm worker, Damian Vnuk, was injured after being knocked from a ladder by a reversing tractor.
The ruling makes it compulsory for anybody using any kind of motorised transport, either on or off road to have third party damage and injury insurance. The insurance industry has made it clear that they cannot cover motor sport competitors. The MCIA, AMCA and ACU are all calling on the government to exempt motor and motorcycle sport from any changes to insurance law.
Motorcycle sport is not only very popular with the 1.9 million UK spectators who watch 58,000 competitors taking part in the 4,000 events each year but it’s also important to the 50,000 people employed in various forms of motorsport industries who are set to lose £11 billion in associated sales.
Will it affect you?
The Vnuk judgment imposes compulsory third party injury and damage insurance to all vehicles of any kind when used on any type of land. As well as affecting all motorsport vehicles, it could affect electric bicycles, sit-on lawnmowers, golf buggies, mobility scooters and even uninsured vehicles parked on private property under the Statutory Off-Road Notification scheme. As well as wiping out scooter racing this will also put a stop to fun & games on scooter rally campsites.