EU ruling threatens future of British Motorsport
Thanks to a Slovenian farmer who got knocked off a ladder by a reversing tractor on private land back in 2014, European bureaucrats have managed to come up with one of the most ridiculous rulings we've ever heard.
It's called the Vnuk judgment and what it does is impose a compulsory third party injury and damage insurance on any vehicle used on any form of land. That means you can forget any British trackdays, racing or any other off-road activity, since insurance companies have freqeuntly informed us it is completely uninsurable.
Still asking what this hopes to achieve? Well it's all because that Slovenian farmer was told the tractor's vehicle insurance didn't count private land accidents. But let's not forget, this policy will also seemingly cover mobility scooters, golf buggies and even lawnmowers.
The MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) have already been arguing the case against the new ruling. Accordings to their figures, the motorsport industry in the UK generates over £11billion every year and employs over 50,000 people. Not only would this threaten the livelhoods of thousands of people but it would remove a staple part of social life. You don't see people saying rugby has to be banned because tackles are too hard. Wait, actually that did happen just last month. The world might well be going mad.
Despite the UK's vote to leave the EU, there is a consensus that the UK should implement the new ruling, even if on a temporary basis.
Speaking for ACU (Auto Cycle Union) and AMCA, (Amateur Motorcycle Association) MCIA boss, Steve Kenward says, "At a stroke, this would wipe out a successful industry and all the jobs that go with it, as well as eliminating a popular leisure pursuit for 1.9 million people, along with the boost that this gives to both local and national economics.
"If the government implements the Vnuk judgement un-amended, British motorcycle sport would end in the UK. Given that we are coming out of the EU, we are astonished that the government is even considering an option to implement Vnuk."
MCIA, ACU and AMCA are calling on the government to exempt motor and motorcycle sport from any changes to insurance law which would arise from the European Court of Justice ruling. Let's not forget it's not only Britain which would suffer as the legislation could well affect the sport across Europe if the terms aren't amended. It does have a certain ring of scaremongering to it, and in all likelihood a compromise will be found, possibly in the form of a waiver, but even so, the lack of foresight put into the decision is alarming.