FIA Planning Response To Insurance Ruling That Threatens Motorsport
FIA confirmed it will reply to the consultation into a European Union insurance ruling which a trade association claimed last week could "close down all motorsport," according to Jack Benyon of MOTORSPORT. The consultation -- which closes on Friday -- is into the ruling known as Vnuk and its implementation, which applies to all 27 EU member states, made by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Sept. '14. Should it be implemented in Europe, it will "force all motorised vehicles to hold unlimited third party liability insurance, even on private land." That includes racing circuits and "means any crash within races would be treated as a road traffic accident and would cause the involvement of the police." The consultation "offers a number of options," one of which, option three, is being backed by people involved with motorsport. It would mean Vnuk applies "in traffic only" and therefore would not affect events such as motorsport on private land (MOTORSPORT, 10/16).