Tractor load of trouble
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.