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MSA announces 2008 Forestry Commission fees
Under the terms of the new agreement, prices will rise by just 4.2% in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) covering the use of Forestry Commission roads from 1st January to 31st December 2008. The new three year agreement will also see fees rise in line with RPI in 2009 and 2010.

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, said:
“There was some concern earlier this year about the possibility of significant price rises, so we are delighted to have secured these rates for the next three years. We have worked extremely hard with the Forestry Commission to establish a level of fees that recognises the value of their estate, while ensuring that motor sport remains financially viable for organisers and competitors.

“We will continue to work closely with the Commission over the next three years to explore ways of minimising the impact of our sport on their environment. It is vital that the whole motor sport community continues to work with the Commission and co-exist alongside other users to safeguard our on-going activities on the Commission`s land.”

The revised rates per mile for 2008 are:

Special Stage Rallies including Multi-Use and Historic Special Stage Rallies
Primary usage: £550
Secondary usage: £326

Endurance Road Rallies
Primary usage: £167
Secondary usage: £104

National Cross-Country Events (Competitive Safari or Hill Rally)
Primary usage: Category A roads £172
Category B roads and other surfaces £55
Secondary usage: Category A roads £83
Category B roads and other surfaces £28

Road Rallies
Primary usage: £83
Secondary usage: £45

Navigation Rallies
Primary usage: £45
Secondary usage: £45

Rally Time Trial (multiple usage): £1,000

Forestry Commission Permit
International Rally of GB: TBC
British Rally Championship rounds: TBC
Other events: £276

Right to Roam Closure Order
CROW Act 2001: £107

Reconnaissance Charge TBC

Further discussions are on-going between the MSA and the Forestry Commission covering Wales Rally GB, BAJA GB and rounds of the British Rally Championship, as well as recce charges. It is anticipated that these will be concluded in the New Year.

Release MSA08-001: 2 January 2008