The MCIA says the success in the campaign against Vnuk resulted from persistent lobbying by the UK’s trade association and other members of the motorcycle and motor sport business community. The aim of the campaign was to exclude motorcycle and motor sport from the EU’s Motor Insurance Directive (MID -sometimes referred to as Vnuk), has achieved success with the European Parliament.
IMCO, the European Parliament committee responsible for MID, has voted by an overwhelming majority of 32 to 2, with one abstention, to exempt various vehicles from the scope of the Motor Insurance Directive.
Had the exemption not been approved, the directive would have threatened motorcycle and motor sport by making road traffic insurance compulsory during off-road use (e.g. on a motor racing circuit). This would require a form of insurance not commercially available and according to the insurance industry, probably unachievable.
The MCIA says it brought together a coalition of UK groups including the ACU (Auto-Cycle Union) and AMCA (Amateur Motor Cycle Association) and also worked with MIA (Motorsport Industry Association), DfT (Department for Transport) and others, as well as enjoying support from MEPs Vicky Ford, now a UK MP, and Daniel Dalton.
This coalition, working with international motor cycle and motor sport organisations the FIA (global road safety), FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and ACEM (European manufacturers’ association), successfully lobbied the European Parliament to exempt motorsport from the Motor Insurance Directive.
There are further hurdles to overcome, including gaining the agreement of the EU Council and the inevitable delays caused by the forthcoming EU elections, so, although the final verdict will not be known until later this year, the signs are positive.
Tony Campbell, MCIA CEO, commented: “This is great news and a big relief for motorsport of all types. The potential impact of the proposal would have been catastrophic and likely to result in the end of motorsport as we know it. The MCIA Public Affairs team was the first to recognise the threat and as such was instrumental in achieving this great result. Whilst Brexit may have created an opt-out for UK motorsport, 80% of the UK motorsport economy is derived from export to the EU and therefore there would be no escape for the motorsport business world. The MCIA will continue to follow this through to the final outcome and we would like to thank the ACU and AMCA who have partnered our efforts throughout.”