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Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) are pleased to reveal that Transport Scotland will launch a public consultation on developing new legislation facilitating closed-road motorsport.

New legislation empowering local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motorsport events commenced last year in England and earlier this year in Wales, following a long campaign by the MSA and the wider motorsport community.

Now Transport Scotland has committed to setting up a stakeholder working group this summer to develop a public consultation on the future of closed-road motorsport in Scotland. The findings of the consultation will assist in the development of future regulations allowing motorsport to take place on closed roads. The news comes after SMS and the MSA enjoyed a positive meeting with Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands.

David Richards CBE, MSA Chairman, said: “We remain absolutely committed to our long-standing goal of achieving closed-road motorsport across mainland Britain and we’re pleased that Transport Scotland has started the journey towards new legislation. This would be a wonderful opportunity not only to revive famous events such as the Jim Clark and Mull Rallies but also to welcome new closed-road fixtures onto the Scottish motorsport calendar in years to come.”

Tom Purves, SMS Chairman, said: “I am delighted that progress is being made to get Scotland up to speed with the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom in the benefits to be gained from closed roads and the contribution motorsport can make to the general economy.”

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