The outcome of a government consultation on a piece of EU insurance legislation could end motorsport in the UK. The consultation document gives an option of implementing the European Court decision known as the ‘Vnuk judgment’. The ruling makes 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.
The insurance industry has made it clear to government that third party risks for motorsport activities are uninsurable, not least because of the sheer number of potential vehicle damage claims that would arise. Therefore, if implemented, the Vnuk judgment would wipe out all legal motor and motorcycle sport activity.
UKIP sport spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP said: "Motor sport adds billions to the UK economy and is also a very popular spectator and participant activity in our country.
"Participants in all kinds of motor sport acknowledge the risks involved and we have seen great advances in safety standards over the years. It is therefore totally disproportionate for the Government even to contemplate implementing measures originating in the EU that could insure motor sport out of existence.
"Ministers should make clear very promptly that this ruling will not be applied in Britain. The British tradition of producing motor sport legends and champions from Jackie Stewart to Barry Sheene and Lewis Hamilton must continue unimpeded.
"Motor sports enthusiasts will only be truly beyond the reach of the meddling hand of Brussels once we have left the EU. But in the meantime ministers should defend these sports from the starting grid to the chequered flag."