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The Road Races (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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Orders authorising motor racesF3N.I.

3.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Article, the Department may, upon the application of any promoter, by order declare that any road specified in the order may be used for or in connection with motor races during the whole or any part of any days so specified.

[F1(1A) An order under this Article may, in addition, specify the whole or part of not more than two other days for the purposes of paragraph (1E) (“contingency days”).

(1B) A contingency day must be one of the two days falling immediately before or immediately after a day specified under paragraph (1).

(1C) An order may not specify the whole or part of a Sunday as a contingency day unless the Department is satisfied that the terms of the order are such as to minimise as far as reasonably practicable any disruption to the activities of the local community on that day

(1D) An order authorising the use of the roads specified in the Schedule to the Road Races (North West 200) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 may not specify as a contingency day—

(a)the whole of a Sunday; or

(b)any part of a Sunday beginning before 1.30 pm or ending after 6 pm.

(1E) Where an order—

(a)has been made under this Article, and

(b)contains provision under paragraph (1A),

the Department may, on an application made by the promoter in accordance with paragraph (1F), direct that the order shall have effect as if so much of a contingency day as is specified under paragraph (1A) were substituted for so much of a day specified in the order under paragraph (1); and where such a direction is given the order shall have effect in accordance with the direction.

(1F) An application or direction under paragraph (1E) must be in writing and may be made or given by any form of electronic communication; and an application for a direction under that paragraph in relation to a contingency day must be made not later than 24 hours before whichever is the earlier of—

(a)the beginning of the contingency day; or

(b)the beginning of the day specified in the order under paragraph (1) for which the contingency day is to be substituted.

(1G) If two contingency days are specified in an order under this Article, a direction under paragraph (1E) may be given in relation to those days either at the same time or at different times.]

(2) Subject to paragraph (9), the Department shall not make an order under this Article in any year, unless it receives an application for such an order and grants that application not later than 31st March in that year.

(3) Subject to paragraph (9), the Department shall not make more than 10 orders under this Article (including orders made under this Article as modified by the Schedule) in any calendar year.

(4) Notwithstanding anything in paragraphs (1) to (3) a road shall not be used for or in connection with motor races on more than three days in any calendar year.

(5) Before making an order under this Article the Department shall consult the Chief Constable.

(6) An order under this Article may contain such provisions as the Department considers appropriate for securing the proper conduct of the motor race and for purposes incidental thereto.

(7) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (6), an order under this Article—

(a)shall include provisions—

(i)requiring the promoter to secure such insurances and indemnities against such risks, liabilities, injuries or damage as may be specified in the order,

(ii)suspending the right of way over any specified road,

(iii)prohibiting, restricting or regulating traffic on any specified road; and

(b)may include provisions prohibiting, restricting or regulating traffic on any road other than a specified road, if it appears to the Department that such prohibition, restriction or regulation will facilitate the control of traffic and spectators at any motor race.

(8) The Department shall secure that such public notice of the provisions of an order made under this Article is given as the Department considers appropriate to bring the effect of the order to the attention of the public.

[F2(8A) The Department shall also secure that such public notice is given of the effect of any direction under paragraph (1E) as the Department considers appropriate for bringing the effect of the direction to the attention of the public.]

(9) Paragraphs (2) and (3) do not apply to an order made under this Article in respect of a motor race—

(a)which is a hill-climbing competition; or

(b)in which the only motor cars taking part are four-wheeled motor cars, the unladen weight of each of which does not exceed 153 kilograms.

(10) For the purpose of paragraph (9)(b), the unladen weight of a motor car shall be taken to be the weight of the motor car—

(a)including any body or seating and all parts (the heavier being taken where alternative bodies or parts are used) which are necessary to or ordinarily used with the motor car when racing, but

(b)excluding the weight of fuel used for the purpose of the supply of power for the propulsion of the motor car and loose tools and loose equipment.

F3functions transf. by SR 1999/481

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