Toilets for handicapped person, designated parking space, and more. These are few of the things handicapped people are given to make things and access more convenient and easier for them. However, despite of their handicap, many are able to do things that even people without disability can’t or find difficulty in doing. Take motosport as an instance, it is thrilling but not everyone are daring enough to venture into this kind of sport because of the danger it pose.
To make motorsport more inclusive for competitors with disability, the Disability and Accessibility Commission has passed a number of proposals to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile or FIA which they in turn acknowledged and approved at the World Motor Sport Council.
The Commission was started earlier in 2018 with their president Natalie McGloin, national racing regular and is paralyzed from the chest down, and with a directive to urge inclusivity while making certain that standards for safety are not compromised.
One of the measures that was unanimously accepted and supported at the meeting in St Petersburg was the conception of a passport or identification for disabled entrants to easily enter events out of the country by visibly outlining how they were competently able to obtain their driving license and stipulating their function level.
What Disabled Motorsport Drivers Will Look Forward To
A new Certificate of Adaptations for disabled driver’s automobiles has also been presented to provide scrutinizers the details they require to evaluate whether the vehicle meets the obligatory safety standard and to make sure that the alterations and modifications done in the vehicle does not produce a competitive advantage over regular racing vehicles.
McGloin stated, “We have made great strides this year and the support I have received by the president [Jean Todt] and all members of the FIA gives me great confidence that we can make even more progress in 2019 and beyond.”
“We’re shaping the future of motorsport forever with these extremely positive steps forward. This WMSC was a big statement that this sport is for everyone and I can’t wait to continue this good work in the new year.”
The FIA also validated that to improve the vehicle’s fire safety equipment to the latest FIA specifications, a grant or funding will be made available for competitors with disability at a national level.