News from the Scrutineer - Jan 2008
Hi Everyone and a happy new year.
This is a quick update of all that is happening in the world of the scrutineers.
From the 12th of January we have 2 new Log Book scrutineers to hopefully allow more cars to be checked at competitions throughout the year, the new Log Book scrutineers are to be Martin James and myself.
There are a few new regulations coming in from the MSA, plus reminders about other existing regulations that will be tightened up on. See below for further information.
We have had several of competitors turning out with inadequate recovery points: this can put the marshals and other competitors in danger. If you do not have good recovery points front and rear, ensure you get them fitted before attending events.
We have had a report from the ALRC about some tow hitches similar to the Dixon Bate ones that are falling to bits when used for recovery: these will not be allowed at any ALRC or MROC event.
Discovery owners will now be put into modified class at any ALRC event should they trim the rear wheel arch commonly known as the “Camel Cut”, this is due to Camel Trophy Discoveries, being a factory modification, they were not originally manufactured to this design.
Pumped Fuel Only!
At the last meeting I attended it was brought up about diesel engine vehicles running on fuel other than pumped fuel, i.e. oil. This is not allowed to be used under MSA regulations, therefore anyone attending an event who is suspected of using other fuel will be asked to leave the competition. You do have the right to appeal and to do so you must attend an ALRC meeting with me, to put your case forwards.
Under-slung LPG Tanks
It was brought to our attention that competitors in RTV’s were ripping off under-slung LPG tanks due to their fixings not being adequate for competition. We would recommend that these should be regularly checked by the competitor. If a scrutineers feels that the fixings are not secure enough ot that there may be a problem with ground clearance on a trial, you may not be allowed to compete
Roll Cage Tags Faded or Painted Over
Please be aware that, should you tag not be legible, you will need a new tag to be fitted at a fee of £5.00. Should you turn up for scrutineering with an illegible tag, you will not be allowed to compete. This also applies to tags that are not physically visible.
May I also remind you:
“The act of presenting a vehicle for official scrutiny shall be deemed a declaration of its fitness and eligibility for the event and an acceptance of the consequences by such a declaration not being valid.”
Should any of our members be unsure of their vehicles fitness and elegibility, please contact me to discuss your concerns.
I look forward to seeing you all out there in the coming months.
Richard Smith – MROC Scrutineer.