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Trevor Kettle Appointed as Chief Refereeing Officer by AIFF

The All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Trevor Kettle as the Chief Refereeing Officer (CRO) to oversee refereeing matters for the organisation.

He would also be tasked with implementing the Elite Refereeing Development Plan (ERDP), which includes developing and identifying talent at the grassroots level and professionalising those operating at the elite level.

Kettle’s appointment to the AIFF is being welcomed with the expectation of a new roadmap in Indian football that improves refereeing at the highest level.

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Red Bull Fined by FIA for Cost Cap Breach

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has imposed a fine of $7 million and a restriction on car development time on Formula One Champions Red Bull for breaching a budget cap last season. The financial penalty is a one-time payment, not a reduction in the team’s future budget cap. The aero restriction is a 10% deduction in time they can spend on wind tunnel or computational fluid dynamics work on their car.

Red Bull appears to have underreported its 2021 costs, creating a minor overspending breach of the regulations’ cost cap. As per the report, Red Bull seems to have made errors on budget cap costs such as catering, social security contributions, apprenticeship levies, unused spare parts for the car, and charging certain costs to Red Bull Power Trains, but the overspending has been revealed to be owing to tax issues.

Red Bull cooperated throughout the review process and accepted the FIA decision ruling out any appeal. Therefore, an Accepted Breach Agreement (ABA) dated 26 October 2022 was entered into by and between the Cost Cap Administration and Red Bull Racing pursuant to Article 6.28 of the FIA Formula 1 Financial Regulations.

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India to Host First MotoGP in 2023

Dorna Motorsports, owner of the MotoGP commercial rights worldwide, has announced the launch of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship in India next year. The company has signed a seven-year MoU with Indian race promoters Fairstreet Sports. The event is tentatively scheduled for September 22 – 24, 2023, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.

Formula 1 had left India after a three-year (2011-2013) stint despite a five-year contract due to financial, customs, and tax hurdles. The four-wheeled series was dragged through a lengthy legal battle as state authorities did not recognise it as a sport and imposed entertainment tax on their earnings for the three rounds they hosted, which created further logistical and financial hurdles for the organisers.

However, issues seem to have been resolved since with the recategorization of motorsport from entertainment to sport for tax purposes and the governing body of the sport in the country, the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), being accredited as a National Sports Federation in 2015.

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Draft Notification to Formalize Movement of Foreign Personal Vehicles Released

On 16th March, 2022, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a draft notification which proposes to formalise the movement of personal vehicles registered in other countries when entering or plying in Indian territory. Under the Inter-Country Non-Transport Vehicle Rules, foreign vehicles operating in the Indian territory are mandated to carry a valid registration certificate.

Such a vehicle is also required to carry a valid insurance policy, driving licence or an international driving permit and a pollution under control certificate (if applicable in the country of origin). The notification states that, “All the documents shall be in the possession of the person driving the motor vehicle at the time of entering India and during the entire period of stay and shall always be available for inspection by the respective competent authority to inspect a passenger vehicle.”

Further, if the documents are in a language other than English, then an authorized English translation of the document which duly authenticated by the relevant issuing authority has to be carried along with the original documents. The Rules also seek to make it mandatory for vehicles with non-English registration marks to show the unique identity of the vehicle in English, at the front and back.

Additionally, the Rules also state that motor vehicles registered anywhere other than India are not permitted to transport local passengers and goods within the Indian territory. Such vehicles are also required to comply with the rules and regulations under Section 118 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 of India.

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Govt. increases Compensation for the Victims of Hit-and-Run Cases

As per the latest notification by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the compensation to the kin of hit-and-run victims has been increased by eight-fold to Rs 2 Lakh in case of death, from the current cap of Rs 25,000. Additionally, the solatium to the individual sustaining grievous in a hit-and-run case has also been increased to Rs 50,000 from the current Rs.12,000.

As per the notification of the Ministry, issued on 25th February 2022, the scheme shall be called ‘Compensation to Victims of Hit and Run Motor Accidents Scheme’, 2022 and shall come into force with effect from April 1, 2022. 

The said notification establishes a ‘Standing Committee’ that shall look into the requests of such claims, consider the issues raised in the quarterly reports of the District Level Committee and provide guidance or directions, including on prevention of fraud in implementation of this scheme and extend advisory function to the government to make the implementation of the scheme efficient. Further, the District level Standing Committees under the Scheme shall be undertaking all functions connected with the implementation of this scheme at the District Level.

Under the scheme, the Ministry has also established a Detailed Accident Report (DAR) procedure for thorough investigations of the accidents, their reporting and timelines for various stakeholders to effectuate quick settlements of claims.

Through the scheme, the Ministry also envisages to set up a Motor Vehicles Accident Fund, which will be used for providing compensation in case of hit and run accidents and treatment for accident victims.

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Rules governing Vehicle Fitness Certification amended

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a draft notification on 2nd February 2022 that further amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The proposed rules make Vehicle Fitness Certification mandatory only via an automated testing station (ATS). As per the notification the ATS is required to be registered as per the provisions of Rule 175 for the purpose of recognition, regulation and control.

For Heavy Goods/Heavy Passenger motor vehicles the rules shall apply from 1st April 2023. While, for Medium Goods Vehicles/Medium Passenger Motor Vehicles and Light Motor vehicles the applicability shall commence from 1st June 2024.

The proposed rules also stipulate revised timelines for renewal of fitness certificates of transport vehicles:

  • Two years for vehicles up to eight years old.
  • One year for vehicles older than eight years.