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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: –
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