Closed Public Roads - Road Racing in England

Saturday April 8, 2017 at 7:12am
Closed Public Roads - Road Racing in England

New laws come into force on 10 April 2017 which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England.

The move could see small races hosted by local communities, bigger European rallies or even a future Monaco-style Grand Prix in an English city, offering huge economic benefits to local communities.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

“Britain is a world leader in the motorsport industry and this will further cement our position. There are already races of this kind in some areas of the British Isles which are incredibly popular, attracting thousands of spectators. New road races will boost local economies through increased tourism and hospitality, and offer community opportunities such as volunteering.”

The Motor Sports Association and the Auto-Cycle Union, the respective governing bodies for four- and two-wheel motor sport in the UK, will be authorised to issue permits for the races. They must consult the council, police and other local bodies and be fully satisfied that the event will be safe. Local authorities have the final say over whether a race can go ahead, and may require additional safety measures before, during or after the event as a condition of allowing a race to take place.

Rob Jones, Motor Sports Association Chief Executive, said:

“This is a seismic shift for UK motorsport, and one that the MSA and the wider motorsport community have pursued determinedly for many years. We can now take motorsport to the people, and in turn those local hosting communities have the opportunity to benefit from the economic boost that these events may provide.”

Gary Thompson MBE BEM, Auto Cycle Union General Secretary and Clerk of the Course for the TT, said:

“A lot of hard work has gone into making this happen. Working with the MSA and the Department of Transport, putting this legislation in place will make a big difference to Road Racing in this country. Obviously this will make Road Racing more attractive as new opportunities come along but also will have a positive economic impact on those areas staging Closed Public Road Racing which can only be a big plus for motorcycle racing and those areas wanting to host such an event”.  

Ian Hutchinson, 14 times TT winner said: “Great to see the law changed to allow Road Racing on Closed Public Roads in this country - this will be a major boost to Road Racing in England and will bring additional income to the areas where this special type of Road Racing will take place”.

Peter Hickman, fastest ever Newcomer to the Isle of Man TT commented: “This is really good news for Road Race competitors in this country.  Whilst nothing could ever match the iconic Isle of Man TT races, to have the opportunity to be able to compete on closed public roads in England will give English Road Racing a huge boost”.

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