FIA monitoring Vnuk directive that could 'close down' EU motorsport

The FIA has announced it will reply to a consultation into an EU insurance ruling that a trade association claimed last week could "close down all motorsport"

FIA monitoring Vnuk directive that could 'close down' EU motorsport

The consultation - which closes on October 20 - is into the ruling known as Vnuk, made by the Court of Justice of the European Union in September 2014, and its implementation that will apply to all 27 EU member states.

Should it be implemented, it will force all motorised vehicles in Europe to hold unlimited third party liability insurance, even on private land.

That includes racing circuits, and means any accident during a race would be treated like a road traffic accident and would require the involvement of the police.

The consultation offers a number of options, one of which - option three - is being backed by figures involved with motorsport.

It would mean Vnuk applies 'in traffic only' and therefore would not affect events such as motorsport on private land.

An FIA statement read: "This is of course a matter that we have been following closely since the ECJ [European Court of Justice] ruling on VNUK.

"The public consultation being conducted by the European Commission covers a wider scope than only motorsport.

"The questions being asked in connection with the scope of the Motor Insurance Directive could indeed have a potential impact on motorsport and the FIA.

"Over the past months the FIA has consulted its European ASNs to determine a common position and will be replying officially to the Commission prior to the deadline.

"The FIA shall of course seek to preserve motorsport from any negative consequences of proposed amendments to the motor insurance directive."

Last week, the chief executive officer of the Motorsport Industry Association, Chris Aylett, urged business owners and employees to complete the consultation "before it is too late".

"This threat is real, make no mistake, it could close down all motorsport [in countries in the EU]," said Aylett.

"If you want to protect your job in motorsport then make sure your employer responds before the deadline of October 20."

Aylett confirmed that a misconception - that due to Britain's exit from the European Union, the Vnuk ruling will not affect the UK - was incorrect.

Britain is not expected to leave the EU until at least 2019, while the EU wants to conclude the Vnuk issue within months.

"Brexit won't change things," added Aylett.

"If businesses don't take positive action now then motorsport will cease and we'll all be out of a job or business.

"It's a stark choice and there's no time to waste."

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