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The Motor Sports Council, the MSA's rule-making body, has voted to mandate the use of Frontal Head Restraints in Stage Rallying, Hill Climb and Sprint – with certain exceptions in each – from 2016 onward.

Here is the latest document about the subject;

Competitor Guidance: –

119 October FHR

The decisions were taken  on the  9th June 2015 at the second of Council's three meetings in 2015, held at Motor Sports House.

It was decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Stage Rally competitors, except for those in Historic Category One vehicles, for whom it will be a recommendation in 2016 and mandatory from 2017.

It was also decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Hill Climb and Sprint competitors, except for those in Period Defined Vehicles, Road-going Series Production Cars and Road-going Specialist Production Cars. Nonetheless, it will be recommended for those excepted competitors.

FHRs are already mandatory for circuit racing competitiors in post-2000 single-seat cars and will be mandatory across circuit racing, except for Period Defined vehicles, from 2016.

Here are some useful reference documents: –

Frontal Head Restraints Competitors Guidance


FIA Institute Guide for the use of HANS in Motorsports


List of FIA approved systems


List of compatible helmets



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