The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, met FIA President Jean Todt at Silverstone last weekend to discuss Vnuk, an insurance issue threatening all motorsport across Europe.
Vnuk is a 2014 European Court judgement, which ruled that EU member states had been misinterpreting the Motor Insurance Directive and that all vehicles must have compulsory third party insurance, even on private land. This would make motorsport unworkable.
The MSA facilitated the meeting between Grayling and Todt ahead of the British Grand Prix; MSA Chairman David Richards also attended, along with Graham Stoker, FIA deputy President for Sport, and Lord Robertson, Chairman of the FIA Foundation.
Ahead of the meeting, Grayling said: “The sport is already well-regulated to ensure safety, and I don’t want to see unnecessary red tape stopping budding young drivers from following their dreams – not to mention the enjoyment brought to millions of fans.
“That’s why I’m calling on the European Commission to consider protecting the future of motorsport by limiting the directive to vehicles used in public places.”
Richards said: “We had a very good discussion at Silverstone and it’s clear that both the Transport Secretary and the FIA are of the view that third parties are already suitably protected at motorsport events.
“The Vnuk threat is real but the motorsport community can rest assured that the MSA continues to lobby at the highest levels to ensure common sense prevails.”
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