Island Car Club says it is being ignored by Rabat Local Council

Ritratt: David Axisa

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Island Car Club (ICC) has been organising hill climbs in Malta for more than 60 years.

In a statement, the ICC said that the process to organise each hill climb, as part of the National Championship, is a lengthy bureaucratic process, which becomes more rigorous year on year.

“With COVID-19 stalling all that was considered normal, in the case of ICC, it seems that it will be the local council of Rabat, and not the pandemic, which will stall the club’s quest to re-start it’s National Championship. Having applied for, and obtained, all the required no objections to organise it’s first hill climb since February, which was planned for 6th September, the club remains, to date, without a permit from the council. Having submitted the application to the council on the 10th August, ICC received a refusal nine days later, which refusal was allegedly based on ‘health protocols’, to which the council made no reference,” it said.

The ICC said that it has submitted all necessary risk assessments, as well as copies of no objections it received from MTA and Health Authority.

HillClimb at Mtahleb 13.12.2018.

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“Notwithstanding numerous attempts to contact the council, ICC remains, to date, totally ignored. The confirmation from MTA and Health Authority that hill climbs can be held (subject to guidelines agreed to by ICC), was further substantiated by no objections from Malta Police, Transport Malta, Civil Protection, and Red Cross,” it stated.

The club said that it is saddened that, after years of cooperation and understanding between club and the local council, it is, inexplicably, being ignored.

“The current impasse is yet another frustrating saga for motorsport enthusiasts. The hill of Mtahleb is the only one to be specifically re-surfaced and earmarked for the motorsport community by the government, having been inaugurated for this purpose in 2017. It is used regularly by ICC and once a year for the Malta Classic Hill Climb. It is ironic that bureaucracy and such illogical situations are the steepest climbs that ICC and its’ members have to face. ICC calls upon the council to re-consider its’ position and, as a minimum, dialogue with the club, as was previously the norm, it concluded.