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RALLIES COMMITTEE - Regulation Change
Item 2004/17 a)
Existing Regulation

K25.5. Competitors must carry an A4 size white board with a red SOS on one side and OK on the other. This should be used following an incident to indicate to following competitors if medical assistance is required (SOS) or that the crew are safe (OK). Competitors observing an SOS board must report the location of the board to the next official radio point along the stage and to the stage finish control. The Clerk of the Course, at his discretion, may award a notional time to any competitor(s) delayed by making such a report. Competitors observing an OK board must report the location to the stage finish control. Competitors who misuse the ‘SOS` or ‘OK` board will be penalised and may be reported to the MSA for further penalty.

Proposed Regulation

K25.5 Competitors must carry an A4 size white board with a red SOS on one side and OK on the other. In the case of an accident where urgent medical attention is required, where possible the red “SOS” sign should be immediately displayed to the following cars and to any helicopter attempting to assist. Any crew which has the red “SOS” sign displayed to them or sees a car which has sustained a major accident where both crew members are seen inside the car but is not displaying the red “SOS” sign, shall immediately and without exception stop to render assistance. All following cars shall also stop. The second car at the scene shall proceed to inform the next radio point. Subsequent cars shall leave a clear route for emergency vehicles. Any crew which is able to but fails to comply with the rule will be reported to the Clerk of the Course who may impose penalties. In the case of an accident where medical intervention is not required, the “OK” sign must be clearly shown by a crew member to the following vehicles and to any helicopter attempting to assist. If the crew leave the vehicle, the “OK” sign must be displayed so that it is clearly visible to other competitors. Each competing car must carry a red reflective triangle which, in the event of the car stopping in a special stage, must be placed in a conspicuous position by a member of the crew at least 50 metres before the car`s position, in order to warn following drivers. Any crews failing to comply may be subject to a penalty at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course. This triangle must be placed even if the stopped car is off the road. The road books shall contain a page giving the accident procedure. Any crew retiring from a rally must report such retirement to the organisers as soon as possible, save in a case of force majeure. Any crew failing to comply will be subject to a penalty at the Clerk of the Course`s discretion. Competitors who misuse the ‘SOS` or ‘OK` board will be penalised and may be reported to the MSA for further penalty.

Date of Implementation: 1st July 2004

Reason: To bring in line with FIA Regulations.