Scrutineers are appointed by the MSA to carry out three main duties at most motor sport events.
The first duty is usually to carry out checks in respect of compliance with the regulations applicable to the vehicle and competitors equipment. Scrutineers are often among the first to arrive and the last to leave an event. A 12 hour day is quite normal!
The second requirement is to carry out accident investigations with regard to any vehicle which may be damaged or suffer a significant mechanical failure during the event.
During and after the event checks will be carried out in respect of the eligibility of the vehicle in respect of it’s compliance with the regulations applicable to the competition.
A written report will then be sent to the Clerk of the Course after any of the above duties.
The role of the Scrutineer is to help the competitor to compete in a safe and legal manner and comply with MSA Regulations. Scrutineers come into close contact with drivers, entrants, manufactures and event organisers and must therefore be able to carry out their duties in a friendly and helpful manner. The duties do not end after an event as many Scrutineers continue to receive requests for advice and help between events, as well as issuing documents such as Competition Logbooks for specific vehicles.
Persons who wish to become Scrutineers should apply to MSA Technical Department who will enable the applicant to contact a mentor with a view to attending events. The applicant will also receive a Trainee Scrutineers Log Book, a copy of the MSA Competitors and Officials Yearbook and a DVD which gives details of the basic background to scrutineering.
If you are interested in finding out more about Scrutineering, please use the form below to contact the Technical department at the MSA.