20th September 2013

Public Consultation on Flexible Road Closing for Road Races in Northern Ireland

Post in Isle of Man TT News

Public Consultation on Flexible Road Closing for Road Races in Northern Ireland

As you may know following the abandonment of racing at this year's International North West 200, the Northern Ireland Government has opened a public consultation to amend the Bill for Road Races (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 to provide race organisers with flexibility to introduce contingency arrangements where racing or practice may be affected by bad weather. If passed, this would give the NW200 the flexibility to move a practice and race days either one day forward or one day back with 48 hours notice. This flexibility is the best contingency we can get to avoid racing being cancelled.

We do however need your help to take part in the consultation and contact the Department for Regional Development (DRD) to voice your support for the changes to the legislation. We would ask that you request 24 hours notice instead of 48 hours suggested by the Department for Regional Development (DRD). It's fairly easy to take part, you can either write to DRD at, Clarence Court , 10-18 Adelaide Street , Belfast , BT2 8GB; or email or telephone 028 9054 0540.

Full details of the consultation can be found on the DRD website at

The consultation closes on the 7th October 2013 and we would greatly appreciate your support.

Many thanks,
Mervyn Whyte MBE
Event Director
International North West 200


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