Spectator Safety

Safety Information and Spectator Code of Conduct

Important Safety Information

Rally cars can do the unexpected so, for your own safety and that of others, please:

  • Respect the marshals and follow their instructions
  • Observe the colour coded tape and all signage
  • Use the natural environment to protect yourself
  • Don’t walk on the rally stage
  • Stay standing and remain alert
  • Remember that alcohol and drugs can impair your responses and threaten your safety

Spectator Note:

  •  Spectator safety is of paramount importance to the event organisers.
  •  Watching a live motor sport event is a thrilling experience and one of the best ways for fans to get close to the action, experiencing the sport’s sights, sounds and smells firsthand.
  •  The event organisers will commit to doing everything reasonably practicable to ensure spectator safety and the following are examples of what is undertaken to ensure that spectators are controlled and remain is a safe location:
    •  Spectator Safety Advice can be found on the event website
    • Spectator Safety Information is available for distribution before and during the event
    •  MSA Spectator Code is used where appropriate before and during the event
    •  Stage Commanders and Marshals are briefed in respect to spectator safety
    •  Course Cars are briefed in respect to spectator safety
    •  Spectator Safety Officer will inspect stage prior to stage going live and report to rally control\
    •  Event Safety Officer will inspect stage prior to stage going live and report to rally control
    •  Safety Cars will be briefed in respect to spectator safety and will inspect stage prior to stage going live and report to rally control

The event organisers strive to keep spectators safe but ultimately all spectators are responsible for their own personal safety.

PLEASE plan your event with safety in mind. The following points may help:

  • We have tried to ensure that you will be able to reach your chosen spectator viewing area without walking on the special stage.  All the competitors will be travelling at high speeds and spectators are strongly advised NOT to walk on the rally route.
  • All spectators are reminded that motorsport can be dangerous and despite us taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk.
  • We ask that you obey all instructions of safety marshals, spectator marshals and police officers in relation to your safety and that of others.
  • Please make sure you dress to take full account of the weather. As some of you may be arriving or departing in the dark, please remember to bring a torch with you. Please be aware that the weather at the time of the event can be wet and extremely cold especially for the early morning and late afternoon stages.
  • Please do not bring your dogs to the event as they can be startled by the loud noises and cause a danger to others – disabled assistance dogs only (on leads at all times.)
  • Children and infants should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adequate amount of adults at all times who are responsible for their behaviour and safety.
  • Beware of flying stones and uneven or slippery surfaces.
  • Stay above the track (never below).
  • Do not stand in the straight-on position – you will be removed.
  • Respect the signs and the tape; Yellow and Black is GOOD – i.e., it is ok to stand behind this tape, Red and White = a NO GO area, Prohibited area MEANS prohibited area.

Spectator Code of Conduct

  • Please be considerate to other spectators to ensure everyone can enjoy the event.
  • Listen to the marshals – they are there to help you and ensure the event runs within the safety guidelines prescribed by the FIA and the MSA, the governing body of UK Motor Sport.
  • If you do not abide by the instructions of marshals and event officials, the stage may be stopped or cancelled.
  • Marshals and officials have the right to work without being abused or threatened. Abusive, threatening or violent behaviour towards officials (who are all volunteers) will not be tolerated and spectators will be evicted from the event.
  • Please take all litter home with you or place it in the skips or black bags provided for this purpose.
  • Do not light fires or barbeques. They can cause major fires with serious consequences.
  • Do not bring fireworks to the event. They are very dangerous and could cause a serious incident with either other spectators or the competitors..
  • Consider your own safety and that of others at all time.