MSA proposes new onboard camera regs
The MSA have proposed the addition of more detailed onboard camera regulations to next year’s Blue Book, for both judicial and entertainment use.
The reason for the additional regulations is “to bring together existing regulations for on-board cameras and to set parameters for the use of cameras (particularly where these are required by event or championship organisers) and their use in judicial proceedings.”
The existing regulation says:
J 5.20.5 Be prohibited from carrying cameras/videos unless authorised by the Chief Scrutineer and Event Organiser.
Which leaves event organisers to decide on their own camera regulations. Much more detail has been suggested for next year.
Some of the parts relevant to karting are:
J5.21.3 Where forward facing cameras are fitted for judicial purposes, they should be mounted so as to capture an image that provides a ‘driver’s eye’ view that should include, where possible, the steering wheel, ‘dashboard’ and a view of the circuit ahead with a field of vision of approximately 100 degrees. In open wheel cars and karts both front wheels should be in view where possible. The fitting of rear-facing cameras may also be required for judicial purposes.
J5.21.6 For karting, U12.6.1 and U19 apply.
U12.6.1 is part of the data acquisition/on track communication regulations and U19 specifies that the camera must be mounted safely and can’t weigh more than 100g. Section U of the Blue Book is the specific karting section and can be downloaded here.
J5.21.11 Clerks of the Course and Stewards should view relevant on board
footage during any judicial process unless they consider there is a good reason why it should not be viewed. Where the camera has not remained under the control of the Organisers, the Clerk of the Course/Stewards must be satisfied as to the authenticity of such footage and must consider the weight they will give to such evidence.
J5.21.12 Where a camera is mandated, in the event that no images are available upon request (other than due to a proven defect with the equipment) sanctions may be applied in accordance with MSA Regulation C2.1.1. The burden of proof to establish the cause of such failure shall lie with the competitor.
J5.21.13 The Clerk of the Course may also refer the matter of lack of recorded images to the Stewards of the Meeting for further sanctions or referral to the MSA.
Additionally, a point has been proposed for addition to Appendix 4, Article 5 “to ensure its [the data/video evidence] authenticity and correct interpretation”.
Where data logged evidence is to be used, this should where possible be presented or validated by an independent person qualified to do so. (J.5.21)