Dear All 

I hope all is well with you and you are enjoying the fabulous weather which appears to have settled itself on the British Isles. 

I wanted to send an email to you all to explain the reason for the Press Release we issued yesterday. We have had a number of conversations with insurers and other governing bodies about the requirement for a Covid19 Risk Assessment and General Principles document which will significantly assist our Organisers and Clubs in restarting the various sport disciplines. As such, the documents are now being rolled out by discipline which will give protection to our much valued volunteers, and give peace of mind to all involved that all considerations have been taken into account to minimise the risk of infection and outlines the Control Measures to be put in place which are considered to be suitable and sufficient and reduces the risk to as low as is reasonably practicable. For this reason, given the unprecedented times in which we face ourselves and again to take the responsibility away from the Centres, for the time being all Permits will be issued from ACU Head Office in order that the risk assessments provided by the Organisers, which they will be required to produce can be checked and approved along with the Supplementary Regulations by the relevant Staff in ACU House. 

We only envisage limited participation events which may or may not fit into a Centre or Club's current calendar, but doesn't exclude events already scheduled. The biggest problem for organisers will be the restriction on the number of competitors permitted to take part which could even affect the status of the event. 

The Government guidelines are changing weekly and we want to be able to give the best information to our Organising Clubs and Centres organiser as the changes happen and to ensure that as the recognised Governing Body for motorcycle sport in Great Britain (less Northern Ireland) we are in step with current and up to date Government guidance / advice. 

When we receive a covid restricted permit we will contact the relevant Centre to make sure they are happy for the event to proceed on that date and at the venue. I can also confirm that Centres can still charge their levies for these permits if they so wish. 

Again, I would just like to confirm this is a temporary measure and when government guidelines begin to relax, we can revert back to Centres issuing permits. If this message could be conveyed to your permit secretary I would be much obliged. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience during these very worrying times. 

Neil Doctor
General Secretary
Auto-Cycle Union Ltd