ACU refuse licence refunds

The ACU has released a statement advising refunds will not take place even though most members have missed much of the season

THE ACU has taken to social media to give its views on licence refunds for the COVID-19 affected 2020 competition season.

The statement comes amid calls from many members for the governing body of UK motorcycle sport to refund members for the time they have missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACU points to a lack of government funding (something they claim many other sports receive) and that despite the lockdown, they have still had a ‘support network’ of staff helping to man the phone lines and run some of the ACU’s essential services.

The ACU did though confirm that its fees for riders will remain at the same price in 2021, £52 for a Competition Licence, and £12 for a Trials Registration.

The statement went on to read:

‘Whilst many other sports enjoy the benefits of government funding, our sport does not and unfortunately, never has. Quite simply, the ACU is totally reliant on the income received from annual competition licence and Trials Registration fees and that income is then used to fund the ACUs many liabilities, the biggest being the provision of the extensive Insurance cover placed to protect our sport and also the administration in all its various facets delivered from ACU Head Office.’

Chairman Roy Humphrey commented:

“I think like everyone else; I am really looking forward to the prospect that our various sports can get going in a competitive sense in the coming weeks. It goes without saying that this has been a very difficult period for everyone, but, I would really like to thank our Doctors, Para-Medics and Medical staff that support our events, who will have undoubtedly been at the forefront and put themselves at risk saving the lives of others during these unprecedented times. We are now looking at a ‘New Normal’ and I would just ask everyone to be mindful of the UK Government guidance and advice which is issued on a regular basis and to follow the instructions given when they turn up at an event. Our Organisers are doing everything they can to ensure our sport can take place in as safe an environment as possible. Collectively, I am sure we can get the sport re-started, but it has to be done in a safe and controlled manner so that our competitors and Officials feel safe whilst competing and officiating at our events’.


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