Spectator safety drive yields new rally requirements

24
Apr
2015

The MSA project to enhance spectator safety in rallying reached a major milestone today with the publication of the 2015 Multi-Venue Stage Rally Safety Requirements, which set a clear template for how events must be run from 1 June this year.

The new document represents the first tangible result of the MSA’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Motorsport Event Safety Review (MESR) established by the Scottish Government following the 2014 Jim Clark Rally.

The requirements cover many safety-related topics, including roles and responsibilities, risk management, marshals’ training, communication and much more. They are available on the MSA website via the following link:

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “This is an important, comprehensive and detailed piece of work that seeks to set the safety standards for all multi-venue stage rallies in the UK. Many such rallies will already satisfy most of these requirements and will need only to adjust certain elements of their organisation to comply fully. For others it will set a number of new but very achievable targets.

“This is a major milestone in the journey stage rallying is taking to ensure its future. It will be updated later this year for the 2016 season and beyond, with additional guidance toward the content and standardisation of safety manuals, stage set-up diagrams and more.”

In total the MESR presented 29 recommendations, which the MSA has committed to implementing in a staged manner over the next two years. These recommendations are outlined here.

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