The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) hereby gives notice that approval of the TIPPERARY RIDE LITE VEST for use by Licensed Drivers has been withdrawn effective immediately.
The RIU takes this action in the interest of driver safety after being alerted to concerns that the Australian authorities had received expert reports advising that testing, of both new and used vests, had revealed that the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest did not comply with the SATRA Vest Standard.
As a consequence the Australian Racing Board suspended the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest from its list of approved vests.
Similarly as Harness Racing New Zealand applied the SATRA standard the prohibition was imposed.
Therefore the TIPPERARY RIDE LITE VEST may not be worn by:
1. Any licensed driver in a race or trial effective 5th September 2013
The Australian authorities are working with the manufacturers of the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest to address the safety concerns and the RIU will be updated with developments.
Co-Chief Stipendiary Steward
RACING INTEGRITY UNIT