Topic

motoring

2 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling

Fight Vnuk - The EU Judgement Threatening to Kill UK Motorsport

In the landmark ‘Vnuk’ case, the European Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that the EU’s 2009 Motor Insurance Directive required insurance policies to cover all possible third-party accidents in all places and at all times. In some countries, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, governments had interpreted the law as meaning that it only applies to vehicles driven on public roads, however it is now clear that the judgment means that national laws must be changed to ensure that all mechanically propelled vehicles are insured for third-party losses regardless of type of use, in all places, at any time. This applies to everything from Formula One racing cars, to mobility scooters, to antique trams and everything in-between. Industry experts have already claimed that the risks associated with providing insurance cover to all motorised vehicles mean that they would be prohibitively expensive to insure, thus effectively outlawing all motorsport activities across the United Kingdom. HM Government opened a consultation on Wednesday 21st December with two clear options. First, to pursue the “Comprehensive option” which would involve changing UK motor insurance law to comply with the Motor Insurance Directive as interpreted in the Vnuk judgement. Second, the Government’s preferred “Amended Directive option” which would involve changing UK law on motor insurance to implement the Motor Insurance Directive as amended, should the European Commission pursue its proposal to amend it. While the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, the UK is obligated to make this change. We, the undersigned petition HM Government through the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, M.P., asking that HM Government under no circumstances implements the 'Vnuk' judgement in a way that encompasses vehicles involved in motor and motorcycle sport activities. www.fightvnuk.co.uk

Tristan Robinson
13,327 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to David Cameron MP

Stop councils making unfair profits out of motorists through bus lane fines

I would like the government to address the immoral ways councils are legally using bus lanes to create profit by fining confused motorists with bus lanes.  It has come to my attention that councils are deliberately confusing and deceiving motorists by adding so called 'bus lanes' with confusing signage causing motorists to panic or not know what to do in cities they usually do not know.  I would like the government to address the maximum penalty councils in England can charge for bus lane fine and reduce this from £130 to £30 as this is a large sum of money for the average motorist to pay for a split second often accidental decision, when they are confused or lost. This should not be treated by councils as equal to a parking fine as the council has not lost 'funds'. I would also like to see the government enforce camera signs on all entry posts/gates of bus lanes where motorists can receive fines which is currently not a legal requirement of councils who often hide cameras.  I would also like the government to address the times councils are allowed to fine motorists for being in a bus lane especially when a bus service is not running such as the early hours of the morning. Often drivers do not have time to read the times or this is not legible from a distance until it is too late.  I would like the government to also enforce clear 'bus lane' written on the floor on streets where councils enforce penalty charges.  I would like the government to enforce councils to allow 28 days for appeals to bus lane fines rather than 14 days as most motorists will not appeal through fear the council will reject the appeal, which they usually do. This means that the 'discount' period will usually pass and motorists will have to pay the higher rate of £60-£130 when an adjudicator will often rule in favour of the motorist.   

Elouisa Georgiou
17 supporters