CAMS has today released a detailed summary of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety’s (AIMSS) review into rallying in Australia.
The CAMS Board commissioned the investigation as part of its ongoing commitment to improving rally.
CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca said the wide-ranging review has resulted in a number of recommendations which CAMS has already begun to implement across Australia.
“We have a responsibility to competitors, spectators and all key stakeholders to ensure a high level of safety, as well as being sustainable for all those who are passionately involved in the sport,” Arocca said.
“The AIMSS Review will guide significant improvements to rallying, so we can ensure that all those involved, including spectators, can participate in the sport to the highest possible safety standards. Indeed, it is our view that these standards are likely to be considered for adoption by motor sport bodies around the world. This will certainly enhance Australia’s reputation as one of the leading motor sport countries in the world.
“There are more than 250 rally events each year across Australia, with about 2,500 rally participants holding a valid CAMS rally licence.
“It’s fair to say that rallying is one of the foundations of motor sport and will continue to be a passion for a large number of people well into the future.
“The Review makes clear that changes are needed in some areas and we will work closely with all stakeholders on what these changes will mean for them, whether it is changes to the cars, courses or the regulations.”
The Review canvassed the views of a large number of stakeholders, using incident related data reported to CAMS from 2006 and beyond.
“Given that some of the data is from several years ago, it’s important to note that a number of concerns raised in the report have already been dealt with in several areas,” Arocca added.
“So, for those taking the time to read the report they should be aware that some of the information does need to be put into perspective.”
Initial recommendations that will be implemented as a result of the Review include, but are not limited to:
- Side impact and intrusion protection through policy, regulation, awareness and culture
- Enhanced use of safety cage protective padding
- Changes to competitor licensing by introducing a staged licence system
- Appointment of a highly qualified course checker to operate under the authority of CAMS
- The creation of a CAMS national rally manual
“As these changes are implemented, we will continue to consult closely with our key stakeholders, communicating any changes directly to competitors, event organisers and of course through CAMS website and our monthly member publication, Speed Read,” Arocca added.
“We make no apologies for ensuring that motor sport is made as safe as it can be, utilising the latest safety innovations from around the world and ensuring regulations reflect modern day standards.”