Scotland has a long and proud tradition in the world of motorsports and the Scottish Government recognise the need to balance the potential for economic benefit and public enjoyment from such events with a high degree of safety, both for spectators and road users.
Local authorities currently have the power to authorise a road closure for sporting and leisure events on public roads under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (RTRA). This does not currently extend to the closure of public roads for motor vehicle races or trials of speed.
The purpose of this consultation paper is to invite views from interested parties on a proposal to extend a local authorities powers to include the closure of public roads for motorsports events. We are seeking views on proposals to introduce a two stage authorisation process.
This consultation closes at midnight on 28 January 2019.