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ACU to ban tear off’s

Following a number of environmental concerns in recent years due to the increased use of Tear Off’s at Off-Road events the ACU have been asked to reconsider the use of Tear Off’s across all Off Road Sporting events at future events.

With the increased restrictions to Land Access for Motorcycle events the Trials and Enduro Committee who are ever conscious of Environmental issues announce their decision to prohibit the use of  ” tear off’s”   in all ACU Trials and all ACU Enduro type events as from January 1st 2015. This will be a stipulation in the relevant Standing Regulations as printed in the 2015 Handbook.

With many events taking place on private and countryside locations, it has long been an issue with farmers and land owners who use the land for multiple purposes.

Following the decision of the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee, the ACU Motocross Committee have also taken the decision to prohibit the use of Tear Off’s at all ACU Motocross events starting 12 months later from January 1st 2016.

Speaking about the difference in start dates, ACU Chairman Brian Higgins said “Some may consider it unusual for the Enduro Committee to start the ban in January 2015 and the Motocross department are delaying the ban for a year. The reason is simple, whilst we all know the need to rid the countryside of tear offs, a long forestry lap is more difficult to clear than a 1.5km motocross circuit and whilst the MX Committee would dearly love to implement the ban from 1/1/15 it was felt that a longer lead in time would allow manufacturers the time to prepare and enhance the roll off system which will obviously still be allowed.”

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