scottish rally axed over insurance dispute
A Scottish rally that features plenty of classics on its entry list has been forced to close due to ‘insurmountable insurance issues’.
It is the first time that the Mull Rally, scheduled for 13-15 October, hasn’t happened since 1990. It was deemed ‘uninsurable’ because Scotland has yet to bring in Parliamentary closed road event changes that were approved in April. Organisers believe a decision on whether the Scottish government will adopt the legislation depends on the conclusion of a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Jim Clark and Snowman rallies.
Plans are underway to create a 60-mile forest-based replacement to avoid cancellations for those who have already booked B&Bs and ferries.
Motor Sports Association (MSA) chief executive, Rob Jones, said that the Mull Rally runs under a private Act of Parliament, and that agreements with insurance brokers had been sought.
He says: ‘It has emerged that the private closed road legislation raises very significant insurance challenges for Mull this year, which was first thought to render the Mull Rally uninsurable.’