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British motorsport could end due to EU ruling
03 Jan 2017

Yesterday, the Government issued a document for public consultation, which 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.

In the UK, the motorsport industry employs over 50,000 people, generates a total of £11 billion of sales each year and is backed up by a world-leading high performance engineering industry.

Motorcycle competition is a popular UK Sport and generates much needed income in rural areas, with over 1.9 million spectators watching around 58,000 riders attend an average of over 4000 off-road and track events each year. These range from junior motocross to the British Superbikes, which would all end without the required insurance under the ECJ ruling .

MCIA, ACU and AMCA call on the government to exempt motor and motorcycle sport from any changes to insurance law which arise from the ECJ judgement. While the UK remains in the EU, even a temporary implementation of the ruling, as suggested by the Department for Transport in its consultation document, would be fatally damaging to what is an important industry and net contributor to the UK economy.

Speaking for the ACU, AMCA and MCIA, Steve Kenward, CEO of MCIA says:

“At a stroke, this would wipe out a successful industry and all the jobs that go with it, as well as eliminating a popular leisure pursuit for 1.9 million people, along with the boost that this gives to both local and national economies.

“If the government implements the Vnuk judgment un-amended, British motorcycle sport would end in the UK. Given that we are coming out of the EU, we are astonished that the government is even considering an option to implement Vnuk. We call on ministers to end uncertainty and put a stop to Vnuk in the UK.”

Background

The Vnuk judgment imposes compulsory third party injury and damage insurance to all vehicles of any kind when used on any type of land. As well as affecting all motorsport vehicles, it could affect electric bicycles, sit-on lawnmowers, golf buggies, mobility scooters and even uninsured vehicles parked on private property under the Statutory Off-Road Notification scheme. The ruling stems from a case involving a Slovenian farm worker, who was hurt falling from a ladder, which was hit by a reversing tractor.

Documents available to download

Press releasse - British motorsport could end due to EU ruling [pdf]

Note for editors

You can read the consultation document here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/motor-insurance-consideration-of-the-vnuk-judgment 

The original judgement arises from Damijan Vnuk v Zavarovalnica Triglav C-162/13:
http://curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?num=C-162/13&language=EN 

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For more information on this initiative, please contact: Stevie Muir. MCIA public relations and communications officer

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P. +44 (0)79 89 37 85 97

 

 

 

Highways England joins partnership to make roads safer for motorcyclists in the UK
23 Nov 2016

Highways England, the company responsible for running over 4000 miles of England’s motorways and major trunk roads, is to become the third partner in a landmark collaboration to improve motorcycle rider safety. The government owned company will join the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) as an equal partner in facilitating practical changes to roads, as detailed in a jointly written whitepaper: ‘Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework’.

The Framework calls for motorcycles and scooters to be included in mainstream transport policy and for rider safety to be consistently factored into national road design, which has not been the case in the past. Seven key areas have been identified, which would make roads safer for riders, along with actions as to how this can be achieved practically. These include: safer infrastructure, expanding road user education, increasing awareness and training and working in partnership with cycle groups.

The Framework also advocates unlocking the benefits of motorcycles and demonstrating exactly how they offer a practical solution to congestion, as well as improving personal mobility for people without access to other forms of transport. 

Highways England has a goal of bringing the number of people killed or injured on the strategic road network as close as possible to zero by 2040. It will work with police and MCIA across all seven areas identified in the Framework and will lead on ‘safer infrastructure’. 

Quotes

Mike Wilson, Highways England’s Chief Highways Engineer, said: “Safety is our top priority and we believe no one should be harmed when travelling or working on our road network. We are committed to both reducing the number of motorcycle incidents and casualties on our roads and to improving the experience motorcyclists have on those roads; this influential partnership with the industry and police supports that commitment.”

Deputy Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, Tim Madgwick, who is the national motorcycle lead for the National Police Chiefs Council says: “The Police service is on the front line, dealing with the devastation that is caused to families and the greater community by road traffic collisions.  The opportunity to work with both Highways England and the Motorcycle Industry Association gives us far greater scope to make our roads a safer place, not only for those who use powered two wheelers, but for all road users.  In addition to the safety aspect, encouraging greater use of motorcycles will also contribute greatly to reducing congestion and therefore journey times across the country.”

Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training, says: “Highways England brings significant resource to this ambitious project; financially and in terms of influence, expertise and evidence-based decision making; add this to police backing and we have an unprecedented opportunity to make a huge difference to riders”.

Documents available to download

Press release - Roads to become safer for motorcyclists through new partnership [pdf]

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework [pdf]

 

Press contact

For more information on this initiative, please contact: Stevie Muir. MCIA public relations and communications officer

E.  P. +44 (0)79 89 37 85 97

 

Motorcycle registrations in largest EU markets up by 7.5% in October 2016
21 Nov 2016

Motorcycle registrations in the largest EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - grew by 7.5% during the first 10 months of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, reaching 700,098 units.

The strongest performance was recorded in Italy (+11.5%, 178,060 units), followed by Spain (+10.3%, 127,265 units), the UK (+8%, 102,616 units), Germany (+5.6%, 151,189 units) and France (+2.4%, 140,968 units).

Documents available to download

Statistical data - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September 2016 [xls]

Press release - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September [pdf]

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For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Motorcycle registrations in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK up by 7.4% in Q3 2016
31 Oct 2016

Motorcycle registrations in the largest EU markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - grew by 7.4% during the first three quarters of 2016, compared to the same period of 2015, reaching 649,599 units.

The strongest performance was recorded in Italy (+12, 166,602 units), followed by Spain (+10.2%, 114,988 units), the UK (+8.7%, 94,807 units), Germany (+4.5%, 143,367 units) and France (+2.1%, 129,935 units).

Documents available to download

Statistical data - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September 2016 [xls]

Press release - Motorcycle registrations in key EU markets - September [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Powered-two and powered-three wheeler registrations up by 4.4% in the EU in Q3 2016
31 Oct 2016

At least 1,051,257 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first three quarters of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 4.4% compared to the 1,006,684 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.

Registrations performed positively in all of the key European markets including Italy (+10.3%, 186,464 units), Spain (+9.6%, 127,717 units), UK (+7.3%, 101,408 units), Germany (+2.5%, 168,418 units) and France (+1.1%, 198,513 units).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 7.2% during the first three quarters of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 802,767 motorcycles were registered between January and September 2016, against 749,128 during the same period of 2015.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all of the largest European markets, including Italy (+12%, 160,602 units), Spain (+10.2%, 114,988 units), UK (+8.7%, 94,807 units), Germany (+4.5%, 143,367 units) and France (+2.1%, 129,835 units).

Moped registrations

At least 248,490 mopeds were registered during the first nine months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 257,556 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 3.5%. Moped registrations increased in Spain (+5%, 12,729 units) and the Netherlands (+2.8%, 55,363 units). They remained stable in Austria (-0.2%, 12,366 units) and France (-0.8%, 58,040 units) but declined in Italy (-2.1%, 19,862 units) and Poland (-14.2%, 21,432 units).

Documents available to dowload

ACEM - Statistical data - September 2016 [xls]
ACEM - Statistical press release - September 2016 [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

Powered-two and powered-three wheeler registrations up by 3.3% in the EU
19 Oct 2016

A total of at least 902,791 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first eight months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 3.3% compared to the 874,075 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015.
Registrations performed positively in most of the key European markets including Italy (+10.6%, 167,540 units), Spain (+8.6%, 111,204 units), UK (+5.6%, 85,409 units) and Germany (+2.5%, 130,437 units). They remained stable in France (-0.1%, 173,588 units).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 6% during the first eight months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 718,539 motorcycles were registered between January and August 2016, against 678,012 during the same period of 2015.
Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all of the largest European markets, including Italy (+12.2%, 150,028 units), Spain (+9.4%, 100,297 units), UK (+6.9%, 79,872 units), Germany (+2.5%, 130,437 units) and France (+1%, 115,548 units).

Moped registrations

A total of 191,644 mopeds were registered during the first eight months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 201,251 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 4.8%.
Moped registrations increased in Spain (+2.2%, 10,097 units) and the Netherlands (+0.1%, 48,046 units) but decreased in Austria (-1.5%, 11,118 units), Italy (-1.6%, 17,512 units), France (-2.1%, 58,040 units) and Poland (-16.8%, 19,046 units).

Documents available to dowload

ACEM - Statistical data - August 2016 [xls]
ACEM - Statistical press release - August 2016 [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer
E. , P. +32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

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