New motorsport safety measures proposed

Initial proposals to improve safety at multi-venue stage motorsport rallies have been published by the Scottish Government.

By Sandy Brydon
Tuesday, 7th October 2014, 3:17 pm
Photographers amongst spectators at the Jim Clark Rally
Photographers amongst spectators at the Jim Clark Rally

The review was commissioned following the tragic events at this year’s Jim Clark Memorial Rally, during which three spectators died and several others were injured.

The Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group’s final report with full recommendations is expected at the end of the year.

The group is recommending that organisers and partners take the following steps to improve safety:

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○For each rally, an independent safety delegate should be responsible for the safety of staff, volunteers and spectators

○Both an event spectator safety officer and an event safety car should be used at multi-venue stage rallies

○Further consideration of improvements to training for rally marshals

○Improve safety messages given to the public

○Ensure and promote the safety of media attending rallies.

Shona Robison, secretary for sport, said: “The tragic events at the Jim Clark Rally brought the safety of spectators at motor sport events into the spotlight.

“Safety is absolutely integral to staging successful and enjoyable sporting events and all partners need to move forward together to keep people safe.”