EHOs' Guide

Health & Safety and Environmental Officers' Guidance to Off Road Events


For Regulators, Enforcement Officers, Event Safety Advisory Groups, and Police Designated Safety Inspectors;

IOPD Affiliation means:
Consistency of procedures and understandings
Demonstration of commitment by both venues and operators
Structure for non-confrontational 'box ticking'
Avoidance of 'someone else's problem' (SEP)
Clearly defined safety standards
Environmental Health Officers want to ensure consistency of enforcement and regional Motor Sport Safety forums and event safety advisory groups have been formed. Typically, these have representation from the Chief Environmental Officer for the region, Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Chief of Police office event safety officer or deputies and regionally respected independent consultants. Typically, they are requiring what the IOPD is providing and promoting.


Environmental Health Officers' guide
If you would like to receive a copy of 'A Guide to the Regulation of Off Road Events' please get in touch.


What is the IOPD?
The IOPD is a Statutory Authorising Body, sometimes termed 'Governing Body', for activities and sports involving any mechanically propelled vehicles, off-the-highway. The IOPD is authorised by the Secretary of State for the Regulation of off highway auto events.


The legal status of the IOPD is: “Authorised by the Secretary of State under Statutory Instrument 1371, IOPD is recognised an Authorising Body under Statutory Instrument 1370 of the Road Traffic Act Regulations 1992 & 1995”.


Due to the widely differing auto leisure activities affiliated to the IOPD, the organisation produced the 'Off Road 1992 Events Regulation Discussion Document'. This clarified the new legislation, the commonly agreed interpretations and consensus of understanding of how the legislation would be implemented. The document was widely acclaimed by Chief Police Officers who circulated it to others. Today, police authorities and Environmental Health Officers are finding the latest version of the guide accurate, informative, well researched and continue to forward this to other interested parties. It has become the authoritative manual. If you would like a copy of the 'Guide to What is a Permit and When is One Required'. the Regulation of Off-road Events', please get in touch. 


When the system for authorisation was first devised, the Ministry of Transport asked the IOPD (originally formed to be the representative and governing body for stunt riding and driving, drag racing and other straight line and arena activities) to oversee commercial events and the relatively unorganised amateur activities and sports that were not already members of the MSA, the ACU or the other non-commercial or club-based bodies.


As a result, for over two decades, the IOPD has developed considerable experience in setting the standards and authorising events and venues against those standards; and currently authorises some 30 different types of auto leisure activities on some 15,000 days per year.


For further information about how the need for authorisation came about and how it can be enforced, please click here.
For further details regarding legal precedent, please go to the liberty of the individual and 'Volenti Non Fit Injura'.