You are not signed in. Click here to sign in
  Go
BACK TO MAIN SITE
Go back

MSA secures event cost stability for forest events
The new arrangement is for three years, starting on 1 January 2005, and will follow the calendar year thereafter. Previously, financial years had started in April which may have led to some clubs being disadvantaged depending on whether their events fell before or after the springtime threshold.

More significantly, the costs of this new arrangement will include core media rights on events. Previously, there had been a degree of confusion regarding the ownership of media rights from events held on Forestry Commission land. With a more open approach to this new agreement, the media rights will be ceded to event organisers.

It is envisaged that the Motor Sports Association and Forestry Commission will enter into a ‘Concordat` in which both parties will commit to the continued use and best practice of forestry estates by motor sport. An example of this will be a commitment to improving the state of routes both prior to and on events and improved road engineering to reduce damage from ditch hooking.

The details are:
• Three-year arrangement
• A cost increase of 15 per cent in 2005 on first usage and a reduction on second and subsequent usage
• A cost increase of five per cent in 2006 in addition to any increase in the retail price index on first usage with second usage just increasing by RPi
• A retail price index linked increase in 2007
• These increases affect rates for Special Stage Rallies

The revised fees represent an increase on first usage of 15%, including 3% RPi for 2005, and a reduction on second usage of 4.5%. This is aimed at encouraging more of the latter to enable more restoration rather than regrading of the roads.

All events using a forestry estate must now go through the MSA`s allocation system – previously, this applied solely to Stage Rallies.

Events now include:
• Endurance Road Rallies
• Hill Rallies & Competitive Safaris
• Road Rallies, including Historics
• Navigation Rallies

Following trials in 2004, all organisers will be required to gain an official Permit from the Forestry Commission to stage events by submitting risk assessment and safety plans. A £250 administration fee will be charged. The new Master Agreement also incorporates changes reflecting the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 & The Land Reform Act 2003 (Scotland) where an additional £100 will be charged should the Forestry Commission deem it necessary to close forests to public access. This however does not affect permissions to use ROW which remain unchanged.

There is a further commitment to consider a low cost stage rally formula that would cause less wear and tear to road surfaces with a reduced mileage charge and this will be pursued during 2005.

The rates per mile for Special Stage Rallies (including Multi-Use and Historic Special Stage Rallies) are:
1 January to 31 December 2005 primary usage: £475
secondary usage: £295
1 January to 31 December 2006 primary usage: £497 index-linked
secondary usage: £295 index-linked
1 January to 31 December 2007 2006 rates index-linked.

The rates per mile for Endurance Road Rallies are:
1 January to 31 December 2005 primary usage: £150
secondary usage: £95
2006 and 2007 – the immediately preceding year`s rates index-linked

The rates per mile for Off-Road Events (Competitive Safari or Hill Rally) are:
1 January to 31 December 2005
primary usage: Category A roads £155
Category B roads and other surfaces £50
secondary usage: Category A roads £75
Category B roads and other surfaces £25
2006 and 2007 – the immediately preceding year`s rates index-linked

The rates per mile for Road Rallies are:
1 January to 31 December 2005 primary usage: £75
secondary usage: £40
2006 and 2007 – the immediately preceding year`s rates index-linked

The rates per mile for Navigation Rallies are:
1 January to 31 December 2005 primary usage: £40
secondary usage: £40
2006 and 2007 – the immediately preceding year`s rates index-linked