Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Are You Responsible? RealRoadRacing Judicial Decision Time!

Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Well if you're not responsible for the unacceptable deaths and injuries during the 2012 motorcycle real road racing season, who is?  Dare one suggest it’s whosoever was responsible for granting road closure orders for the purpose of motorcycles to race around the unfit for purpose public roads of Northern Ireland?

Now that the season has drawn to a close, one has to ask why there were yet more deaths and serious injuries at these Northern Ireland motorcycle realroadracing events as held under the auspices of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited but more importantly, who so readily permitted these deaths and injuries to occur on our public roads?

In a letter from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister received prior to the 2012 season getting underway, moi was informed that as part of the promoter's arrangements for the conduct of a real road race, DRD were requesting sight of a safety plan for each proposed event. As soon as possible after submitting an application for the road closure the promoter would be expected to provide a copy of the draft safety plan and prior to the race taking place - provide a copy of their finalised safety plan. This was to be taken as evidence by the DRD that the promoters had considered health and safety as part of their arrangements for the race meeting. Unfortunately one has to say that a promoter considering health and safety is a world away from actually doing something constructive about health and safety at a real road racing event and therefore one now wonders how many safety plans DRD had sight off prior to issuing road closing orders during 2012.

Added to this though was the worrying admission that the DRD is primarily concerned with road traffic when making road closing orders and advised that it has no in-house expertise to advise what reasonable measures of safety are required against the degree of risks that are inevitably associated with motorcycle road racing or to verify that the safety measures proposed by a particular promoter are fit for purpose. More worrying - confusing even - was their statement that it is the governing body - MCUI-UC aka Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - who approve races from a safety viewpoint and carry out the relevant safety inspections. So moi has to ask what is the point of acquiring a safety plan when DRD has no in-house expertise regarding the matter? Who is responsible for safety inspections and granting permission to hold racing events from a safety viewpoint is made crystal clear though - the Dinosaurs aka our old friends the MCUI-UC - but with their track record, one has to ask - why? Seems to moi that there's a comedian ensconced in an office somewhere who is perhaps suggesting the lunatics should continue to run the asylum. Whatever next - will R. P. McMurphy be drafted in?

Government information received prior to the 2012 season also declared that Sport NI and the Irish Sports Council were at that time facilitating the development of a new Safety Code of Practice for road racing by the MCUI (Ulster and Southern Centres), and DCAL had also conveyed to the MCUI its view that racing should not take place this year (2012) in the absence of a published Code of Practice. And of course the MCUI had given an undertaking to publish such a document before the start of the 2012 season. The crucial point is - on which date before the 2012 season started was the new Safety Code of Practice document received by DCAL/DRD?

It would appear that DCAL, DRD, MCUI-UC and many others have been putting lives at risk for many years and are allegedly continuing to do so by allowing these events to take place without any apparent regard for the lives of the competitors or the spectators - children included. Back in April a great many people within the motorcycle racing fraternity here in Northern Ireland were somewhat relieved to learn that DCAL had conveyed to the MCUI its view that racing should not take place this year in the absence of a published Code of Practice but in reality was this the case? Let us hope that the new Code of Practice was in place before DCAL/DRD permitted any motorcycle racing upon the public roads of Northern Ireland, otherwise someone might rightly suggest it's judicial decision time - who is responsible for the already mentioned deaths and serious injuries during the 2012 motorcycle racing season?

If it transpires that a new Code of Practice was not in place prior to the commencement of the 2012 motorcycle real road racing season, should DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and DRD Minister Danny Kennedy be jointly held responsible for failing to end the motorcycle real road racing carnage on the public roads of Northern Ireland?

Open Letter to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - DCAL - Northern Ireland
Real Road Racing Safety and Responsibility - Who is Responsible?
Real Road Racing MCUI-UC Task Force Dinosaurs
The Mystery of Task Force 2000 - An MCUI Production
MCUI-UC Task Force 2000 Revisted - The Unfinished 2011 Sequel

Save Our Sport From Evil

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