TT bosses outline safety changes following Mercer crash

Steve Mercer on his way back to the grandstand before the collision with a course car
Steve Mercer on his way back to the grandstand before the collision with a course car Picture: Impact Images

ACU Events, the organisation responsible for running the Isle of Man TT, has outlined a raft of safety measures following the investigation into the collision of a course car with rider Steve Mercer last year.

The Jones Inquiry was commissioned to review all safety procedures during TT fortnight after the collision and has made recommendations, most of which relates to the structure of ACU Events itself.

The following recommendations have been put in place – or will be ahead of TT 2019:

Improved Training for all Senior Race Officials. A comprehensive Table Top exercise took place at the Grandstand on 3rd April.

Improved and more structured Marshal training

Emphasis on Competitors reading and understanding the rules and regulations for the event

More in depth rider briefings

TETRA radio training for all officials

GPS Tracking devices to be fitted to all non-race vehicles

All Course Cars/Course Inspection Car and TTMA response cars to have warning lights fitted to the roof of the vehicle

Imposed speed limits on all Course Cars

A more comprehensive Event Safety Plan

The appointment of an Event Safety Officer

In addition to the above, both the ACU and ACU Events Ltd, have made structural changes to its staffing in ACU Head Office with Gary Thompson’s sole responsibility within ACU Events Ltd being that as TT Clerk of the Course

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