FIM welcomes European Parliament Committee position on the proposal for a revision of the MID
On 22nd January, the European Parliament adopted its report on the revision of the Motor Insurance Directive. The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) welcomes the report and appreciates the work carried by the rapporteur, Ms Dita Charanzová, and her colleagues from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Since 2017, the FIM has, with the support of the FMNs and other motorsport stakeholders such as FIA, ACEM and ATVEA, continuously called for such recognition.
In particular, the FIM would like to commend the Report for fully capturing the interests of motor sports competitions and riders by amending the unjustified European Commission proposal for a wide-ranging extension of the scope of the Directive. Additionally, the clarification of the definitions of ‘use of a vehicle’ and ‘traffic’ v ‘non-traffic’ use will provide valuable certainty for road users and riders. On another note, the
FIM fully supports the position adopted by the IMCO Committee and encourages the European Parliament’s plenary to adopt this final report. With the adoption of the report, the European Parliament also addresses the legal vacuum raised by the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the “Vnuk” Case (2014) calling for an extension of compulsory motor insurance to vehicles used on private land. The FIM trusts co-legislators will manage to finalise the discussions in a swift manner to tackle the pressing need for clarification of EU legislation.
The adoption of the report is a first legislative step addressing the unintended consequences of the European Court of Justice ruling on motorsports competitions (“Vnuk”). However, other rulings from the Court such as the “Portuguese national insurance guarantee fund v. Juliana & Juliana” should also be tackled as they bear considerable impact on riders and in particular seasonal use of motorcycles. The FIM is very much concerned about this issue which may affect the interests of millions of riders.
Commenting on the proposal, FIM President Mr Jorge Viegas said: “We recognise the efforts of the European institutions to reflect the decision of the European Court of Justice on the Vnuk case and believe that the Report adopted today by the IMCO Committee incorporates this ruling in full while also addressing any unintended consequences of this judgment which were included in the European Commission proposal. Preserving a fair and sustainable practice of (sports and non-sports) motorcycling is critical to us and we will keep supporting European regulators in revising the Directive.”