Motorsport UK have a proposed new rule out for consultation, coming as a result of a fairly nasty accident on an AWD trial. The exact wording of the rule has yet to be formalised, but unless something else happens it will be on the statute book from January – in essence it will say that any car without a clear line of vision over the drivers shoulder inside the car must be fitted with two external mirrors. The rule will apply to ALL trials, Classic; Sporting; (Production) Car; and All Wheel Drive.
New Rule out for Consultation:
Rearward vision whilst properly seated within the confines of the vehicle’s bodywork or ROPS must be possible. Vehicles with solid rear bulkheads or an obstructed view along the centreline of the longitudinal access must be fitted with either external rear view mirrors or a reversing camera. Mirrors and/or cameras must be operational during competition.
Implementation date: 1st January 2020
Reason: Trials events often require reversing manoeuvres in confined and/or undulating circumstances. For the crew’s safety they must be able to attempt such manoeuvres from within the confines of the vehicle.
The rule comes from the Cross Country fraternity where a driver looked out and behind his vehicle whilst he reversed off a section as he had neither mirrors not a rear window. As he did so his head became trapped between the vehicle and a tree and he was very badly injured.
More details on the consultation can be found here : https://www.motorsportuk.org/assets/actionsheetforconsultation-2.pdf