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Motor Sports Council approves trial for removal of penalty points in karting

In a bid to improve driving standards within karting, this week’s meeting of the Motor Sports Council (Tuesday 8th March) approved with immediate effect a proposal from the Judicial Advisory Panel to trial the suspension of penalty points for certain offences at kart events.

The Panel proposed that Regulations C2.1.5(i) Driving and C2.1.5(ii) Failure to comply with flag or light signals be suspended for kart events until the end of this year. Competitors will still be punished at the time for their transgressions, but no penalty points will be imposed on their competition licence in relation to those incidents.

“There have been anecdotal reports that drivers are not being penalised under regulations that carry automatic penalty points,” says Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. “There have also been representations made to the MSA that the comparatively large number of races contested by kart competitors makes them more liable to lose their licences if the regulations are properly enforced.

“Clearly, as the governing body, we believe that good driving is fundamentally important, not only from a safety perspective but also in terms of reducing costs. There has been a marked decline in driving standards, particularly in karting, which is turning people away from the sport. We will be monitoring this trial closely to determine whether it enables officials to punish offenders where appropriate and thereby raise standards for all competitors.”

Regulation C2.1.5(iii) General Conduct will continue to attract penalty points for breaches of the regulation.

Release MSA11-039: 10 March 2011
This communication is for general release and is authorised to hold regulatory value.