Proposal to Authorise Motor Sport Events on Public Roads - Public Consultation

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On Thursday 27 February the Government published a consultation document seeking views on a proposal to permit motor sports events, including stage rallies, hill climbs and trials of speed, on public roads in certain circumstances.  The proposal is to give local authorities the powers to suspend speed limits and associated traffic regulations, in certain conditions.  Subject to the agreement of the Scottish and Welsh governments on matters within their legislative competence, the proposal would have effect throughout Great Britain.

The consultation period will run for a period from Thursday 27 February 2014 until Thursday 10 April 2014. It will be of interest to local transport authorities, motoring organisations, law enforcement authorities such as the police as well as to the general public. 

The consultation document indicates that one option for strengthening the level of assurance around motor sport events safety on public roads would be to extend the regulatory functions of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), given its close links with local authorities, to ensure public safety issues are properly considered in sports stadia.  The consultation document suggests that the SGSA would be well placed to provide advice to motor sports on a cost recovery basis in relation to:

Safety certificates

  • Safety Management policies/documentation
  • Publications/training
  • Advice for development of new tracks
  • Crowd capacity calculations

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is leading the consultation in close partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT).   DCMS leads on the relationship with the sport, DfT leads on road regulation. Other departments also share an interest, including the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Scotland and Wales Offices.

For further information and details of how to respond to the consultation, please follow the link to the consultation document: