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News & Press: July 2018

Vnuk still threatens the future of motorsport

20 July 2018  
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Act NOW to help save our European industry

Despite a huge number of positive responses last October, new proposals from the European Commission DO NOT protect motorsport and are now moving through European Parliament .

The MIA will continue to fight. The Commission needs your short input BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY – our simple guidance notes below will help you.

Just a few minutes is all it will take. Please don’t ignore this request, it’s essential you make your views known to the EC now so the battle can continue!

To read the full MIA response to the Commission – just click here.


URGENT Vnuk issue – guidance to help you respond from the MIA

Your vital response is required no later than next TUESDAY 24th July 2018.

This should take no more than TEN minutes to complete if you use this guidance as a base for your response. You can, if you wish, ‘cut and paste’ some of the words we provide below to shorten this time. Please contact if you have any questions.


Step 1

Visit the EU Commission proposal webpage –


Step 2

At the bottom of the page, you will find a “Give feedback” button. Please click on it.


Step 3

1. Login or create an account on the EU Commission website.

2. If you already have an account, you should access the feedback page straight away. Go to f) if you need to create an account and you will be directed to a new page, then go to c).

3.Once logged in, click on “Have your say” and then on “Give feedback on Commission legislative proposals.”

4. Search for the “Review of the Motor Insurance Directive” proposal.

5. Once on the proposal page, click on “Give Feedback.”

6.Complete the form: Under, “my feedback”, this is your opportunity to explain the impact of the proposal on motorsport, in particular what job losses and sales revenue will occur, directly and indirectly, if motorsport ceased across the EU.

7. We provide some words to help you below – you can select any which you feel may support or explain your views.

In our opinion the European Commission’s proposal to revise the MID needs to be amended. Currently, as written, its wording threatens the future employment of at least 150,000 people in the business of motorsport and more than €25 billion of sales in motorsport across EU member states.

The newly proposed SCOPE of the MID, which covers “any use of a vehicle, consistent with its normal function as a means of transport, irrespective of the terrain on which the motor vehicle is used and whether it is stationary or in motion,” if unchanged, threatens the future of the entire European motorsport industry, the jobs and technologies which it provides to many sectors and the freedom to enjoy the sporting activity by millions.

The motorsport specialist insurance market, has confirmed that NO INSURANCE which meets the cover demanded by this new Directive, is currently, nor will be in the future, available for any EU motorsport activity, including France and Finland who currently exempt vehicle-to-vehicle damage caused during any on-track sporting event from their Civil Liability law. If the directive was implemented, motorsport would fail to arrange suitable insurance cover and would become illegal in Europe.

As a direct result, XXX employees in my organisation would lose their jobs and so would many would be lost by my XXX suppliers in the EU.

I join with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the European motorsport industry as a whole, to respectfully request that the proposed Directive be amended so that obligatory insurance applies only to “vehicles used in traffic”, or that it is confirmed that, as the use of motorsport vehicles in competition is clearly not their ‘normal function as a means of transport’, then they are exempt.

The forced closure of European motorsport will be a direct consequence of this Directive unless the wording is amended as requested.


Step 4

Click “Submit”. Your response has now been submitted to the EU Commission.

Please note - your complete response must be sent by TUESDAY 24th July 2018.

Thank you for taking part and helping to keep motorsport alive and many employees in work too.

Chris Aylett, CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA).