By ensuring that any event organiser/club is affiliated to a body who are signatories to the Code of Practice, Occupiers/Local Authorities can be assured that the Organiser is compliant with the Off Road Motorcycle Sport Code of Practice in respect of the following:
The Environment: There is a need for mutual respect for the needs of the environment by all parties and also respect and toleration for properly organised and authorised motorcycle sport in general.
It is important that organisers co-operate closely with all appropriate organisations in order to ensure that motorcycle activities are, at all times, environmentally acceptable.
According to the above General Principles, this Code seeks to improve the relationship between motorcycling, the farming/land owning community at large and local communities. These main principles refer, in particular, to:
- Fuel: protection of the ground, and cleaning issues
- Sound: all machines used should comply with published sound limits along with sound testing protocols. Machines must be fitted with a silencer. A silencer is a separate device fitted to an exhaust system specifically designed to reduce the noise level emitted from the exhaust. An expansion box is not a silencer.
- Behaviour of all persons, either directly or indirectly, involved in motorcycling.
- Spectators: Consideration must be given to the potential number of spectators at the event and the measures in place for getting vehicles off the road and parked safely.
- Catering and other Trade stands: Consideration must be given to the positioning of Trade stands and food concessions. Also evidence of relevent food hygiene certificates and other appropriate Health & Safety requirments must be obtained by the Organiser.
Licensed Competitors: The full accountability of all riders and associated individuals to their licence issuing authority is essential to the running of a safe event. All competitors must be:
- Appropriately licensed with the Governing Body or Association to which they are affiliated.
- Fully accountable to both the Organising Club and Governing Body or Association.
Licensed & Accredited Officials: The running of a safe motorcycle sport event is entirely dependant upon the expertise and experience of the Key Event Officials. In all cases, the Key Officials must be:
Other Event Personnel:
- At least 18 years old.
- Licensed or Accredited by the Governing Body or Association to which they are affiliated.
- Trained in their duties as part of the licensing/Accreditation process, with records of training held by the Licence/Accreditation body.
- In possession, and able to produce a valid and dated Officials licence/Accreditation.
- Fully accountable to their licence issuing authority (Governing Body or Association)
- Properly insured (see insurance above)
- Marshals, race office staff and event management team must be a minimum of 16 years of age and supervised by the appropriate event Official.
Sport Specific Regulations: All Sporting Motorcycle Events must be run in accordance with published Rules & Regulations of the organising body. These must outline the nature of the activity, the type of motorcycles taking part and the minimum age and Licence requirements for participants.
Organisers must be able to produce these for inspection upon request.
Risk Assessment: Where events are run on temporary tracks, a full, appropriate, risk assessment of the track and activity should be undertaken by the Organiser. This will usually take the form of a simple Pro-Forma and supported by the track certificate issued by the Clerk of the Course or Steward or Governing Body/Association.
Medical Services: Appropriate medical cover must be on site as detailed in the discipline specific regulations for the sport that have been adopted by sport authorising bodies.