Before you are allowed to enter any event, your vehicle must be scrutineered. This is a check over of the vehicle to not only make sure that it conforms with regulations, but to make sure that it passes certain safety criteria.

All events run to the regulations set out in the MSA ‘Blue Book’, and if it is an ALRC event, to the regulations in the ALRC ‘Green Book’ are also adhered to. All members of S&S are eligible for a copy of the latest ALRC Green Book upon request, and links to both this and the MSA Blue Book can be found below.

Each event then has a set of Supplementary Regulations that are specific to the club and event, and it is advisable to read them for each event you plan to enter. Copies of the standard Staffs & Shrops SR’s are available to read for each discipline below:-






One Day Comp Safari

Two Day Comp Safari

Each driver will be issued with a log book at their first S&S event, which must be presented at Scrutineering and Signing On, together with your membership card, plus your MSA competition license if driving in a Comp Safari.


Drivers and navigators in Comp Safari have to wear a helmet that conforms to MSA regulations, and this must have a MSA approval sticker on it. These can only be affixed by MSA Scrutineers or selected manufacturers. The Staffs & Shrops Chief Scrutineer, Simon Cooper, is a registered MSA Scrutineer and will be on site at all S&S Comp Safaris. Stickers cost £2.50 each.

Please note, Snell SA2005 helmets expire at the end of 2018, and any new helmets purchased should be HANS post compatible to future proof them.

FHR Regulations

From 1st January 2018, stickers are also required on all Frontal Head Restraints (HANS Devices) and will be available from Simon Cooper at a cost of £2.50 each, as set out by the MSA.

The use of FHR’s is only mandatory for drivers of UTV’s at this time, but be warned that they may become a requirement for all drivers and passengers eventually.

Fire Extinguishers

From 2018 all fire extinguishers must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines, or every 24 months, whichever is sooner. See Section K, appendix 3, of the MSA Blue Book for information on changes to regulations from new vehicles from 2019, and existing vehicles from 2022.

Scrutineering News

Any important rule changes will be sent out to members via email and the club newsletter.

MSA Regulations

The vehicles must comply with the MSA Blue Book, which can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Plus, MSA rules specific to Cross Country can be found by clicking HERE.

ALRC Regulations

If entering an ALRC event, all vehicles must comply with the ALRC rules in addition to the MSA rules, and can be viewed by clicking HERE.