AAA Calls on FIA President to Stand Down
Australia’s motoring clubs have joined an international push to have the FIA President, Max Mosley, stand down this year following revelations about his private life.
Australia’s peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association, and constituent motoring clubs – NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT – have countersigned a letter to Mr Mosley from motoring clubs around the world calling on the high-profile President to resign in the interests of the FIA.
Britain’s News of the World newspaper has run articles with Mr Mosley photographed in a compromising situation with prostitutes, which has led to calls for him to resign the FIA Presidency – Mr Mosley has resisted these calls despite being ordered to stay away from the recent Bahrain Grand Prix by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
The AAA motoring clubs have joined with other clubs – including motoring bodies from the US, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and India which represent 86% of FIA members and more than 100 million motorists – in seeking Mr Mosley’s departure.
“We deeply regret your refusal to accept the proposal by members of the World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism, to reach an agreement for you to step down at the General Assembly in November,” the letter says.
“This is a constructive effort to facilitate an orderly transition within the FIA and to find a solution to the present crisis.
“Instead, your intention to remain until the end of your term in 2009, in spite of the severe damage being inflicted to the FIA, could imply putting personal considerations before the interests of the FIA and its member clubs.
“The FIA is in a critical situation. Its image, reputation and credibility are being severely eroded. Every day that this situation persists, the damage increases. There is no way back.”
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, and President, Alan Evans, will attend an Extraordinary General Meeting in Paris next Tuesday to vote on Mr Mosley’s future.