Trac­tor load of trou­ble

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

ALL Euro­pean motorsport is un­der threat af­ter id­i­otic Euro­pean courts ruled in favour of a Slove­nian man called Dami­jan Vnuk who was in­jured when a farmer’s trac­tor knocked him off his lad­der.

Wor­ry­ingly for ev­ery­one who loves any form of motorsport, this in­ci­dent hap­pened on pri­vate land.

De­spite that, the courts reck­oned he was fully en­ti­tled to go af­ter the farmer and his unin­sured trac­tor for com­pen­sa­tion. In its in­fi­nite wis­dom, the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice de­cided ev­ery me­chan­i­cally pow­ered ve­hi­cle should now carry third-party in­surance, whether it’s used on the road or not.

They haven’t thought this through. No in­surance com­pany in their right mind is ever go­ing to of­fer af­ford­able pre­mi­ums for the owner of a race car or race mo­tor­cy­cle. Or, come to that, a play­ing field grass cut­ter or do­mes­tic lawn­mower.

This judg­ment needs over­turn­ing. Sharpish.

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