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OFF ROAD COMMITTEE - Regulation Change
Item 19/04
Existing Regulation

SOS/OK Boards

H31.5 Competitors must carry an A4 size white board with a red SOS on one side and OK on the other with a secure means of attachment/display towards oncoming competitors. 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.


H28.8.1 No Regulation


Proposed Regulation

H31.5. deleted see H28.8.1
Competitors must carry an A4 size white board with a red SOS on one side and OK on the other with a secure means of attachment/display towards oncoming competitors. 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.

H28.8.1 Competitors must carry an A4 size white board with a red SOS on one side and OK on the other with a secure means of attachment/display towards oncoming competitors. 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. 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