POOR rules and safety regulations haunted rally drivers during the 2014 national motor rally championship, Zambia Motor Sports Association has revealed.
The association said yesterday that it will this year tighten rules and regulations to improve safety and ensure compliance.
ZMSA rally car supervisor Lewis Bingham, of LB mechanical consultants, said for a car to qualify for competition it has to comply with the rules and regulations of a normal public vehicle as laid down by the Zambian Government.
Bingham said number plates must be of the stipulated size with the correct emblem and serial number in accordance with SADAC Road Traffic Act Part III, Sec 28.
“Road tax and fitness as well as insurance must be valid and all lights must work and reflective tape in correct places,” he said
Bingham said the supervisor team shall be taking record of the license disc numbers and validity dates. In addition cars must have fire extinguishers, serviced and with validity sticker.
The supervisors will also check that fire suits are of the legal requirement with helmets and the correct shoes.
He said fire suits will be checked at the time of scrutiny and must be with the car at the beginning of the check.
“All tools and equipment in the car must be secured properly without cable ties. First Aid kits must be fully stocked with all the requirements and must be valid and medical board must be in the vehicle at the time of scrutiny and during the rally,” he said.
Bingham said drivers who fail to comply will be charged and pay K10, 00 per minute for late arrival.
He said the fines will be paid before the rally, adding that no driver would be allowed to start before full payment.
“The fines are only going to be charged on the minor faults and not on safety defects. If your safety equipment is not valid or is defective, you shall not be allowed to start the rally,” he said.
Bingham urged all the drivers who would participate this year to ensure that their cars were safe.