Con­sul­ta­tion soon for closed roads

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and Scot­tish Mo­tor Sports have con­firmed that a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for de­vel­op­ing closed-road leg­is­la­tion has taken a step closer.

Mo­tor­sport events can­not cur­rently be held in Scot­land due to the fact that any such event would suf­fer in­sur­ance dif­fi­cul­ties un­der the 1990 closed road act. There­fore a new act needs to be drafted, but be­fore the word­ing of the act can be cre­ated, a 12-week con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod must take place first.

Both the MSA and SMS at­tended a re­cent meet­ing of the Mo­tor­sport on Pub­lic Roads Ad­vi­sory Group in Scot­land.

Eng­land and Wales passed leg­is­la­tion last year which en­abled the MSA to grant closed road per­mits to events, with the ap­proval of the rel­e­vant lo­cal high­way au­thor­ity.

MSA chair­man David Richards said: “This is a fur­ther step to­wards re­in­stat­ing some iconic mo­tor­sport events in Scot­land, that have brought so much to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, while pro­vid­ing the po­ten­tial for new events to join the mo­tor­sport cal­en­dar in the fu­ture.”

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