MSA announces 2008 Forestry Commission fees

The Motor Sports Association is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with the Forestry Commission for a new three year Master Agreement to provide access to the Forestry Estate for MSA-permitted rally events.

Under the terms of the new agreement, prices will rise by just 4.2% in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) covering the use of Forestry Commission roads from 1st January to 31st December 2008. The new three year agreement will also see fees rise in line with RPI in 2009 and 2010.

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, said:

?There was some concern earlier this year about the possibility of significant price rises, so we are delighted to have secured these rates for the next three years. We have worked extremely hard with the Forestry Commission to establish a level of fees that recognises the value of their estate, while ensuring that motor sport remains financially viable for organisers and competitors.

?We will continue to work closely with the Commission over the next three years to explore ways of minimising the impact of our sport on their environment. It is vital that the whole motor sport community continues to work with the Commission and co-exist alongside other users to safeguard our on-going activities on the Commission's land.?

The revised rates per mile for 2008 are:

Special Stage Rallies including Multi-Use and Historic Special Stage Rallies

Primary usage: 550

Secondary usage: 326

Endurance Road Rallies

Primary usage: 167

Secondary usage: 104

National Cross-Country Events (Competitive Safari or Hill Rally)

Primary usage: Category A roads 172

Category B roads and other surfaces 55

Secondary usage: Category A roads 83

Category B roads and other surfaces 28

Road Rallies

Primary usage: 83

Secondary usage: 45

Navigation Rallies

Primary usage: 45

Secondary usage: 45

Rally Time Trial (multiple usage): 1,000

Forestry Commission Permit

International Rally of GB: TBC

British Rally Championship rounds: TBC

Other events: 276

Right to Roam Closure Order

CROW Act 2001: 107

Reconnaissance Charge TBC

Further discussions are on-going between the MSA and the Forestry Commission covering Wales Rally GB, BAJA GB and rounds of the British Rally Championship, as well as recce charges. It is anticipated that these will be concluded in the New Year.

Release MSA08-001: 2 January 2008

Issued on behalf of the Motor Sports Association
For further information please contact Ben Taylor
Telephone: +44 (0)7866 449940 E-mail:

3rd January, 2008