Counterfeit brakes and suits, bodywork and ARKS – Safety news from the ABkC Newsletter
The latest ABkC Newsletter included several immediate and planned safety changes.
Because of counterfeit and poor quality spare parts for brakes the question was asked if all kart brakes should be homologated. The decision from the ABkC was such a move could limit driver and trade choice and possibly lead to higher prices so the MSA was asked not to proceed on this.
Scrutineers have also been asked to look out for counterfeit suits where a genuine homologation number has been used illegally. These suits are generally of a poor quality.
It should be noted that the X30 classes have made the CIK plastic Rear Protection System mandatory from the end of March. In fact the Kart Committee have referred back to Kart Technical requesting a review of whether all karts should adopt the RPS at some point in the future. Views from clubs and drivers to the ABkC would be welcome.
The MSA is waiting for manufacturers to supply details of interchangeability of bumpers and plastic to see which are identical other than having different homologation numbers. Once received the MSA can compile a list to publish. This is now allowed for in the regulations.
The ABkC had asked for a review of the ARKS system. Simon Blunt, the MSA General Secretary told the steering group that meetings had been held and he said that the MSA was strongly supportive of the need for a competency test for new drivers and consequently a body to supervise the system, so why re-invent ARKS. However the system does need refreshing for the digital age and this will be addressed. ARKS gave a presentation at Kart Committee.
Another MSA appointment is Kate Adamson as Safety Director who will work closely with John Ryan, now promoted to Technical Director with the ABkC’s congratulations.