"However the documents that were put out in 2003 (or thereabouts) became framed within the rules of the club, which include ride leader registration, accident reporting and non member Standard Entry Forms. The executive also wanted completion of a risk assessment form for any event other than a normal "club run" and a format was agreed and piloted, but in the end they dropped that one it seems.
Karen - if you are talking to HQ I suggest you speak to Kevin Mayne - he and I had long conversations about the whole issue so he should be able to give a definative answer to the situation now".
I became DA Secretary for Manchester DA in November 2002, just in time to bear the brunt of the wrath of our Sections as the Organiser's Liability Insurance was rolled out. Most of the Ride Leaders and Event Organisers were very suspicious of it and were sure that signing up to it would increase their liability in some way. I eventually convinced them that it was for their own benefit as prior to this there was no automatic cover for them in the case of a personal claim against them rather than against the CTC or their Group. I continued as DA Secretary until November 2008, when I became Membership Registrar for South Manchester CTC as they became a Member Group independent of the old Manchester DA (now known as Manchester & District CTC)
I believe that the Standard Entry form, and other entry forms bearing the disclaimer, and which I was instrumental in getting revised and updated in 2006, (to make it simpler and more likely to be used) is an essential piece of the Ride Leader's/Organiser's kit which goes hand in hand with your Organiser's Liability cover and incident report forms. What I want to establish is whether not using these forms can invalidate our Organiser's Liability cover. And yes, Kevin is the person I will speak to; if I can get to speak with him before the AGM I will do so.
You are correct in that the Risk Assessments are not required for normal, regular group rides. More information can be found in the Guide for Ride Leaders. This leaflet was also developed by the Local Group working party which I led in 2006. This goes with the Guide for riding with a Group, which I now send out to new CTC members in our area together with details about our Group. We give the Guide to Ride Leaders to anyone interested or new to leading Rides for our Group. These leaflets can be requested from CTC and are available to view or download from the Local Groups resources area on this website.