Why has an
Authorising Permit now become so important?
changes in legislation have not only affected show organisers, event
coordinators, race officials and participants across the entire spectrum of
events and leisure activities that involve ANY type of 'mechanically propelled
vehicle'; but also insurance underwriters.
Under the Road Traffic Act, an
event organiser, a race director or even the landowner can be prosecuted. As
many events include driving that could be considered challenging and therefore
dangerous if it were on the highway, then if the event were not authorised such
driving would be unlawful.
Consequently, if there then occurred a serious
incident resulting in notifiable injury or a fatality, the organiser could face
a fine of up to £20,000 or a prison sentence. The IOPD Authorisation Permit puts
events into the IOPD authorised system, enabling IOPD Affiliates to demonstrate
good practice and providing exemption from prosecution for all those involved
with events that are off the highway and involve driving in a way that would be
unlawful on the road. With a client affiliated to the IOPD, insurance
underwriters can benchmark standards and resist claims of
Authorisation removes the illegality and perception of
'Authorisation' removes the
illegality and unacceptability of placing people in a dangerous and challenging
situation; so they may enjoy the stimulation of higher risk off-highway
activities. The 'authorisation' process lays down rules and regulations so the
risk to the public and those taking part is minimised and endorses the activity
as acceptable and permitted by government directive.
In the event of
an incident, if the police or a Health & Safety Officer were successful in
bringing any charges, an unauthorised event could be more prone to charges of
negligence or dereliction of their duty of care, on the part of the operator and
a liability for compensation may subsequently fall to the operator or his
insurers to settle. Therefore insurance companies are taking an increasing
consideration of organisers' authorised status. Some Insurers mandate an
'Authorisation Permit' as a basic requirement, whilst others provide for
Authorisation permits as part of a package of benefits to Clients.
further information please contact the IOPD
Please also check the risk
issues raised in the FAQs page.
copy of the 'Insurers' Guide to the Regulation of Off Road Events' please
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