Random breath tests will be taken during the competition (see below for method).
An impartial person will carry out the random breath tests. An official should be present.
Breath testing may also occur where there is reasonable suspicion that any rider may have consumed alcohol or excess alcohol.
All members have the right to refuse to take a breathalyser test. However, a refusal will be treated in the same way as a positive result and the same penalties will apply.
Zero tolerance for under 18s is 0.03% BAC reading on the breathalyser and, for riders 18 years of age and over 0.08% alcohol BAC reading is the limit. The 0.08% BAC level is the same as the legal limit for driving a motor vehicle. The drink driving legal limit is lower in Scotland however MGAS members will use the rest of UK limit to make this fair to all.
For riders over the age 18 years and over the following system will be used if a failed breathalyser occurs:
- a) No further participation in the heat that follows the failed breathalyser test.
- b) Riders must then provide a negative re-test prior to being allowed to ride again in the competition.
- c) Riders will then be retested each following morning at 8am of that competition and if they fail again the ground jury will make a decision on the consequence that follows, i.e not permitted to compete for the rest of the competition.
- d) Riders will be breathalysed at the next competition they attend. If they fail again then they will receive a warning and if they fail a 3rd time they will receive a ban and lose the right to a random test.
In the event of one or two riders from one team failing a breathalyser, being prevented from riding, and subsequently leaving their team on a 3, then the team will have to sit out until their rider(s) blow a clear test. Riders will not be permitted to swap teams to allow for the team to be on a 4 from the time the draw of the breathalyser has occurred.
Riders aged 18 and over are asked not to consume alcohol during the day when they are riding and to help to set an example for younger riders.
The Safeguarding officer will keep a confidential list of people failing the breathalyser.
In the case of under-age riders, a parent or guardian should be present when the breathalyser is used. In the absence of a parent the team trainer will be deemed to be responsible.
Any under-age rider seen with alcohol should be reported to a member of the ground jury as soon as possible. This will result in a breathalyser test being undertaken. Any under age riders giving a positive result or seen to be consuming alcohol at any event will be sent home with a 3 show ban. The 3 shows that constitute the ban will be selected by the Ground Jury and or Committee.
The method of randomly selecting people to test will be as follows:
(i) For team events:- Two bags containing table tennis balls will be present in the commentary box. One bag will contain balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in each heat) and one containing balls numbered 1-5 relating to the riders in the team as taken from the declaration form and 6 relating to the team trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and two balsl will be drawn from the second bag with riders or trainer number taken from the declaration form. These will be the people who will be tested.
(ii) For pairs events:- One bag will contain balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in each heat) and the other bag will contain balls numbered 1-2 relating to the riders in the pair as taken from the declaration form and 3 relating to the pair’s trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and 1 ball will be drawn from the second bag indicating which rider or trainer will be tested.
(iii) For Individual events there will be 1 bag containing balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in the heat) and the other bag will contain balls numbered 1 relating to the rider and 2 relating to the rider’s trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and 1 ball will be drawn from the second bag indicating whether the rider or trainer will be tested.