Your chance to feed back on the regulations you would like to see changed or removed is also a chance for you to help Keep Road Racing on the roads in the UK.
THE RED TAPE CHALLENGE
The government's "Red Tape Challenge" is currently running with a Road Transport Theme. All road transport regulations have been placed on the Red Tape Challenge website, a Government-wide site aimed at reducing bureaucracy. They will remain there for 4 weeks (until 17 June), during which the government are inviting the public and businesses to tell them what's working and what's not, what can be simplified and what can be scrapped.
WHAT WE'D LIKE TO CHALLENGE
One of the cornerstones of British Cycling's ongoing "Keep Racing on the Roads" campaign is the need to amend 50 year old regulations which cover cycle racing. The "Cycle Racing on Highways Regulations 1960" are, not surprisingly, very out of date and in need of revision. This is an ideal opportunity to underline this message and for you to help British Cycling's campaign.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Simply follow the links below and click on the Road Safety and Cycling option:
http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/home/index/ Red Tape Challenge Website - Road Transportation Page
Or http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/bc20110519-road-News--Keep-Racing-on-the-Roads-0 BC Road Safety and Cycling page
We'd suggest posting something along the lines of the following message:
"My response relates to the Cycle Racing on Highways Regulations 1960 which provide for the authorisation of cycle racing events on the public highway. These regulations are more than fifty years out of date and no longer fit for purpose. They are overly complicated and impose restrictions and cost burdens that are leading to less and less cycle road racing taking place."
"Many of the rules in these regulations need removing and others streamlining so that the procedure starts from the position that Road Racing is a legitimate sporting activity that should be encouraged. We want the government to give more power to race organisers and the police to work together so that expert volunteers can contribute to the marshalling of races. This will reduce the financial burden on race organisers and free up police resources for other important activity. Transport Minister Norman Baker has previously said such action is a priority and I urge Government to continue working with British Cycling for the modernisation of these regulations. "
Thank you for your help and support!