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Motor Sports

Members can take part in a wide range of motor sports. However these must not take place on public roads and must follow the requirements laid out in POR 9.72.

The use of any motor vehicle on a public road must follow the Road Traffic Act and be appropriately insured. Insurance for motor vehicles owned by Scout Groups can be obtained from Unity (Scout Insurance Services) on 0845 0945 703.

The activity must be appropriate to the young people taking part, consideration should be made to their age, size, maturity and coordination skills. All safety equipment must fit the participants correctly.

Motorsports activities can include driving lessons in cars through to rally experiences and more commonly the use of quad bikes and go karts. Further information and guidance:

Quad biking

There are various regulations regarding quad bikes (all terrain vehicles; ATVs), which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/quad-bikes-the-rules.

There are also some regulations which directly relate to the use of ATVs and quad bikes with young people. These include restrictions on the maximum speed of quad bikes for use by under 12s, limiting them to 15mph but the vehicle must have a regulator in operation that confines the speed to 10mph.

For those aged between 12 and 16, the regulations specify that the maximum speed of the vehicle should be 30mph but the vehicle must have a regulator in operation that confines that speed to 15mph. The vehicle must also have a sign in a prominent position that says:

THIS ATV IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS

The label should be in red lettering. It should be legible, durable and precede any other safety information.

The full regulations and conditions are contained in the All-Terrain Motor Vehicles (Safety) Regulations 1989.

Use of ATVs as site vehicles http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais33.pdf.

When operating quad bikes and ATVs as a Scouting activity the following points represent good practice:

Off road driving

When deciding to provide off road driving as a Scouting activity the following should be considered:

The area or track to be used – the use of green lanes is considered off road for the purposes of this activity and therefore helmets and suitable PPE must be worn.

The vehicles must be safe to use, ensuring that they are in good working order and in a condition which would not present additional risks to the participants.

The vehicles must be appropriately insured for the activity undertaken.

If you are looking to provide off road driving or 4x4 activities within Scouting and are looking for advice or a provider check out Scout 4x4, a Scout Active Support Unit who specialise in these activities.

Karting

Go karting will mainly take place through external providers but in some cases go karts may be owned and operated within Scouting.

Go karts owned by Scout Groups, Districts, Counties or activity centres must ensure that appropriate Accidental Damage, Fire and Theft (ADFT) insurance is purchased to cover these vehicles, this is available from Unity (Scout Insurance Services) on 0845 0945 703.

If you are looking to provide go karting activities within Scouting and need advice or a provider check out the Lincolnshire Scouts Go Kart Activity Team, who specialise in these activities.

Driving lessons

Driving lessons must only be given by those qualified and insured to do so and in a suitable vehicle. This may be through the use of an external company such as a driving school.

Safety equipment

Participants must wear appropriate safety equipment for the activity being undertaken, which should be determined by the activity risk assessment. This may include overalls, boots, knee and elbow pads. For all off road (including the use of green lanes) and racing activities participants must wear a helmet. The type and style of helmet may vary and can be prescribed by the activity risk assessment.

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