P-05-1028 Relax the excessive restrictions to allow motor sport rallies to take place in Wales



P-05-1028 Relax the excessive restrictions to allow motor sport rallies to take place in Wales


This petition was submitted by Jamie Edwards having collected a total of 3,889 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

Car rallies taking place in Wales bring around £15 million into the Welsh economy each year. The impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed on events has decimated the rally community in Wales - affecting jobs, businesses, careers and also having a major impact on rural communities across Wales who benefit from rally 'tourism'. The current restrictions mean it is impossible for organisers to plan ahead into 2021 - meaning many more events, businesses and jobs could be lost permanently.


Additional Information:

Rallying has reacted to the COVID-19 impact and a trial event was held successfully in Cumbria in August. This involved competitors travelling from across the UK to attend an event in a private forest. The event was non-spectator, and strict social distancing guidelines were followed.


Pre-event administration was all completed electronically. There was zero physical interaction between course officials, marshals or timing teams and competitors through the use of digital technology.


There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 since the event ran, and the local area (Penrith) was boosted by hotel rooms being sold and restaurant tables booked.


Rallying in Wales is held in remote, rural parts of the communities, i.e. Dolgellau, Pembrey, Welshpool, Conwy, Neath Valley, Builth Wells. Social distancing can be followed, and events can be run to be as COVID-19 compliant as possible.


Currently, it is impossible to organise a motor rally in Wales due to the restrictions imposed.


Photo of Car on Dirt Road




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 16/03/2021.


The petition was closed as part of a review of all petitions currently under consideration at the Petitions Committee's final meeting of the Fifth Senedd, in light of the upcoming election and the consideration given to this issue to date.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.


It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 13/10/2020.


Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Wrexham
  • North Wales


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 05/10/2020