Motosports Council suspends U.K. racing

From the Motor Sports Council: This is to advise you that the national emergency has deteriorated significantly since Monday. You will be aware that many more cases of foot & mouth infection have been confirmed and that they now affect areas of...

From the Motor Sports Council:

This is to advise you that the national emergency has deteriorated significantly since Monday. You will be aware that many more cases of foot & mouth infection have been confirmed and that they now affect areas of the UK which were previously unaffected.

The Motor Sports Council therefore decided today (Wednesday 28 February) that existing MSA Permits will be suspended with immediate effect and that no new Permits will be issued until further notice in respect to the following categories of event:

* Autotest (including Production Car Autotest) > Autocross > Rallycross (including 2CV and Minicross) > Off Road (including Trial, Timed Trial, Tyro Trial, Safari, Team Recovery and Point to Point) > Road Rally (including Historic Road, Road Timed, Navigation, Navigation Scatter and 12 Car) > Special Stage Rally (not including Multi-Use) > Historic Special Stage Rally (not including Multi-Use) > Trial (including Classic Trial, Production Car Trial and Sporting Trial)

The above list is intended to halt all events using the public highway as part of the competition, and to eliminate events which commonly take place on or near agricultural land.

If local advice is not to run an event, MSA will not issue a Permit for that event. It may therefore be necessary - due to local circumstances (such as a request by a landowner, by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries & Food or by any other appropriate authority) - for organisers to postpone or cancel events which are not on the list above.

The continued running of events at permanent motor sport venues is under active review. MSA will urgently discuss the situation with the venue owners and make a further announcement in due course.

Event organisers may find helpful the following summary of existing national access restrictions:

* Forest Enterprise - Some Forest Districts have already issued advice to permit holders and members of the public,warning them not to enter woodlands until the outbreak is over. Event organisers are warned that scheduled events may have to be cancelled at short notice.

* Ministry of Defence - There will be no motor sport access toany military property for the duration of the crisis.

* National Parks - Some National Parks have closed their roadsto all non-essential traffic for the duration of the crisis.It is important for affected organisers to check with the relevant park authority.

* Royal Parks - There will be no motor sport access to any Royal Parks property for the duration of the crisis. Organisers should note that not all Royal Parks property is actually parkland and includes some roads.

* Rights of Way - The Government has given permission for local authorities to deny access to many public rights of way (including footpaths and bridleways) within infected areas. This may affect events in unexpected ways and every organiser is urged to check with the local authority.

MSA will, of course, write to all motor clubs when it becomes appropriate to accept applications for Permits in the listed categories. We will also continue to contact clubs as the situation evolves.

Motor clubs whose officials have access to the Internet can always find our latest information on the MSA website (www.msauk.org) - look for the flashing "LATEST" logo.

Otherwise, the relevant executives at Motor Sports House will naturally be available to assist or advise: simply telephone the MSA on 0175 376 5000 during office hours (Monday to Friday 09.30 to 17.00) and state the type of event for which you need help.

Yours sincerely, John Quenby, Chief Executive, Motor Sports Association.

&

Michael Southcombe, Chairman, Motor Sports Council.

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