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Have your say on closed-road motor sport

Time is running out for the British motor sport community to respond to a government-backed public consultation on closed-road motor sport.

The consultation, which ends on 10 April, was launched last month by Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has been pushing successive governments to empower local authorities with the right to suspend the Road Traffic Act without having to resort to an Act of Parliament. Such an amendment would open up the way for competitive motor sport events such as stage rallies, sprints and hill climbs to take place on a limited number of British roads, as happens across most of mainland Europe.

Rob Jones, MSA chief executive, welcomed the consultation as a huge step forward in its campaign. “This is the news that British motor sport has been waiting for,” he said. “It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the landscape of our sport, allowing local communities across the country to host motor sport events and enjoy all the excitement and economic benefit they bring.

“However, to make that vision a reality we need everybody involved in our sport, from competitors and volunteers to clubs and organisers, to respond positively to the government consultation before the 10 April deadline.”

The MSA has produced template responses to the consultation questions, which can be found on the following page.


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