- Coroner's recommendations implemented in full, allowing junior drag racing suspension to be lifted
- Minimum age at Perth Motorplex increased from eight to 10 years, over and above Coroner's recommendations
- Five extra supplementary protections implemented by ANDRA and VenuesWest to further enhance safety
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray suspended
junior drag racing at Perth Motorplex after an eight-year-old competitor
was killed in an accident at the venue in November 2017.
Coroner Sarah Linton published her report into the accident in August 2019, where she made seven recommendations.
These called for improvements in the following areas:
- venue infrastructure;
- licensing and training programs;
- safety equipment;
- vehicle inspections;
- investigate the feasibility of engine 'cut-off' devices; and
- CCTV equipment to record drivers' movements.
have now been fully implemented by venue owner VenuesWest, sport
sanctioning body the Australian National Drag Racing Association, and
The minimum age for competitors has also been increased from eight to 10 years' old, exceeding the Coroner's recommendations.
Coroner's report cited testimony from Road Safety Council Chairman Iain
Cameron that children under the age of 10's cognitive development 'does
not allow them to judge and perceive speed and distance in the way that
an adult can'.
In addition, five supplementary items in the report have also been addressed to further enhance safety.
The Coroner's report is available online.