An EU ruling could make it compulsory for anyone using any form of motorised transport to have third party damage and injury insurance. This will affect all participants in all forms of motorsport.

This is serious because the UK’s insurance industry has stated that third party risks for motorsport activities are uninsurable, not least because of the sheer number of potential vehicle damage claims that would arise. The industry’s view is that, if implemented, the Vnuk judgment would wipe out all legal motor and motorcycle sport activity.

Government has to decide

The UK Government has issued a document for public consultation, which includes an option of implementing the European Court decision known as the ‘Vnuk judgment’.

In a sign of how seriously the UK’s motorcycle racing industry is taking the matter, the Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA) and the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) have issued a joint statement with the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

Steve Keyword, CEO of MCIA 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 economies.

“If the government implements the Vnuk judgment 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. We call on ministers to end uncertainty and put a stop to Vnuk in the UK.”

50,000 jobs and £11 billion at risk

Motorsport is huge in the UK. As well as the motorcycling sports such as British Super Bikes, speedway and road races like Scarborough, all forms of motorsport, from off-road rallying to single series races would be affected.

The joint statement points out that the motorsport industry employs over 50,000 people, generates a total of £11 billion of sales each year and is backed up by a world-leading high performance engineering industry. Over 4,000 events are held in the UK alone each year.

Your SORN’d bike would be affected too, racer or no

And it’s not just motorsport. Vnuk imposes compulsory third party injury and damage insurance to all vehicles of any kind when used on any type of land. So it could affect electric bicycles, sit-on lawnmowers, golf buggies and even mobility scooters.

Vehicles parked on private property under the Statutory Off-Road Notification scheme don’t escape the legislation either. If it’s a vehicle, it would need to be insured.

Get yourself sorted:

You can read the Government’s Consultation Document here.

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