RWWA Rules of Harness Racing. 158. Offence – relating to engagements (1) (2) (3) A driver shall fulfil an engagement to drive in a race except when the stewards give permission not to do so.
A driver shall not substitute for another driver in a race except with the permission of the stewards.
A driver who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence. 159. Offence – relating to dress (1) (2) (3) A driver shall dress for a race in the manner determined by the Controlling Body.
The stewards may confiscate any item of dress which they consider should not be worn by a driver in a race.
A driver who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence. 159A.
Approved helmet (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) A driver shall wear a helmet which has been approved and entered in the Register of Helmets approved by Harness Racing Australia. (amended March 2010) A person shall at all times when driving or riding a horse keep his or her helmet correctly fastened.
A driver‟s jacket shall be of approved material and colour, and trousers shall be white and made of suitable material.
A driver shall wear boots which may be black or dark tan and which entirely cover feet and ankles and afford reasonable protection.
A driver‟s dress shall be clean and tidy.
Where the stewards consider that the climatic conditions at a meeting warrant the wearing of gear other than or in addition to that mentioned in this local rule, such as the wearing of gumboots, they may direct or give permission for this to be done.
A person shall at all times when driving or riding a horse on a registered racetrack wear a body protector which has been approved by the Australian Harness Racing Council. (7) LR159A.
Helmets [added Sept 07] (1) Every driver shall be responsible for the care and condition of their helmet. (2) A helmet is not regarded as serviceable and must be immediately replaced by the driver when(a) a period of 5 years has expired since its date of manufacture, (b) it sustains a severe impact, or (c) the wearer suffers from concussion following a fall. (3) The Stewards may at any time take possession of a helmet for inspection and may at their absolute discretion confiscate any helmet that does not comply with the requirements of this rule and/or the requirements of Rule 159A (4) The provision of 159A(7) shall also apply when a horse is driven or ridden on a training track. (amended March 2008) 160.
Offence – relating to the preliminary (1) Every driver when entering upon the track to compete in a race must drive the horse in its preliminary the correct way of the course only, except when being paraded by the Clerk of the Course.
A driver who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence. (2) 53 RWWA Rules of Harness Racing. 161. Offence – relating to the instructions of the clerk of the course (1) Subject to the powers of the stewards, drivers shall obey the instructions and requirements of the clerk of the course.
A driver who fails to comply with sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence. — 223. Protective gear A person when engaged in any activity relating to the care, control, training or management of a horse shall wear adequate footwear, clothing and other protective bodily coverings. 71 RWWA Rules of Harness Racing. 224. Approved helmet to be worn A person when engaged in driving or riding a horse shall wear, correctly fastened, a helmet approved under these rules. 225. Adequate preparation by trainer A trainer shall adequately condition, prepare and supervise horses trained by that trainer. 226. Offences – trainer A trainer shall not knowingly permit a person to drive, train or carry out duties in breach of rule 202, rule 203 or rule 204. 227. Offering money or other inducements A person shall not give or offer any money or other inducement improperly to anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry. 228.
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