More than 3 years after the publication of the European Commission’s proposal, and after intensive discussions between the two Institutions, the European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the revision of the Motor Insurance Directive.
While the new and revised rules should better protect injured people, including domestic victims of an accident caused by a driver from another EU country, the agreement reached earlier this week will finally - and rightfully - exclude motorsports and related activities from the scope of the Directive.
ACEM welcomes the decision to recognize the specificity of motorsport activities. This was a redline for key organisations of the motorcycling world (FIM, FEMA and the FIA) which have constantly held that including “motorsports” under the scope of this piece of legislation would endanger the economic viability of this activity in many EU Member States.
The amendments agreed today should also clarify what vehicles are subject to compulsory insurance, and what the insurance coverage should be. ACEM understands that the Directive will cover, as an harmonised rule, accidents caused during the normal use of a vehicle as a means of transportation, including its use on private properties.
ACEM takes this opportunity to thank the European Parliament’s Rapporteur, Dita Charanzová, for her dedicated efforts to steer this important file during lengthy and complex discussions.
The provisional agreement will now have to be formally approved by the European Parliament, and the Council, prior to its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
The new Directive will apply 24 months after its entry into force, leaving ample time for the Member States to implement the new rules at national level.
European Commission press release - “Motor Insurance: Commission welcomes European Parliament and Council agreement to update the Motor Insurance Directive”
European Parliament press release - “Deal reached on new rules to better protect road accident victims”
Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager
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