Health & Safety Officers' issues

Health & Safety Officers' issues 

Since the Government introduced the Off Highway Regulations in 1992, motorsport and auto events can be divided into two types: authorised and unauthorised. Authorising Permits are approved by one of the eleven Authorising Bodies. These include: the RAC, ACU, Association of Land Rover Clubs, Amateur Motor Cycle Association, British Schoolboy Motorcycle Association, National Autograss Sport Association, Scottish ACU, Youth Motor Cycle Sporting Association, NORA, National Traction Engine Trust as well as The International Organisation of Professional Drivers  the IOPD.

The Health & Safety Executive uses these Organisations' Codes of Practice as the base line for Off Road Events. The Association of Authorising Bodies represents a recognised multi-billion pound industry by the Government and events conducted under their Authorisation Permits are granted immunity from prosecution under the 1992 Regulations. Unauthorised Events are those which are not conducted under Permit of Authorisation and in which participants, organisers and landowners alike are all liable to prosecution if: 

  • Vehicles are not entirely road legal (apart from Road Tax)

  • Drivers are not appropriately licensed

  • Driving is not of a safe and reasonable standard as would be   expected on a public road

  • Driving is dangerous, and is such that it could cause the death of  another person

  • Driving is conducted without due care and attention or without   reasonable consideration for another person

Also, under Section 22 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, an Inspector may issue a Notice immediately stopping any event where he perceives there is a serious risk to safety. Or he may, as a result of an accident, bring a prosecution against an organiser with the potential of up to £20,000 in fines or a prison sentence in extreme circumstances.

Increasing government remit to align the UK with EU laws
It may only be a matter of time before the UK adopts and streamlines with EU legislation; in recent years organisations have been pressing the Department for Transport for a government directive to align the UK with EU laws. For example, this would mean penalties for driving offences are transferred to all countries, as well as being recognised here in the UK.
There is also growing public unrest over the increasing numbers of mechanically propelled vehicles, from moto-x in housing estates to 4x4s on bridleways, noise abatement, planning and other issues, and as a response to health & safety issues following serious injuries and fatalities.
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