The Auto Cycle Union has said it will not stand by and permit abuse at its events as it looks to ensure volunteers and officials are not driven away from their vital roles.
The ACU statement said:
Zero Tolerance Policy
As part of the ACU’s commitment to ensuring that safety remains at the core of our sport, the ACU has a ‘zero tolerance’ towards violence and abusive behaviour at ACU permitted events.
The ACU is committed to ensuring that any instances of violence or verbal abuse directed towards any individual, be that an official, competitor or member of the public, is entirely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Violence and abusive behaviour at an ACU permitted event can be described as ‘any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their role’.
ACU Chairman, Roy Humphrey commented; ” No one should have to experience abusive behaviour anywhere, and we do not want it at our ACU events. Within our sport, nothing is more important than the volunteers who ensure our events are run safely, and we are committed to keeping our officials and competitors safe from abuse.”
While the ACU has not revealed the reason for issuing the statement at this time, there have been incidents in the early rounds of the British Motocross Championship that have led to raised temperatures.