Former TT Chief Marshall speaks out over health agreement

Bill Carden: Without these people there is no event

THE FORMER chairman of the Isle of Man TT Marshalls Association has said the ending of the reciprocal health agreement between the UK and the Island could have a serious impact on the number of marshals wishing to volunteer for the event.

The agreement, which is set to end on 1 April 2010, covers any visiting member of the UK for treatment while on the Island. This year, visiting marshals will still be covered while on duty by a scheme organised by the ACU, however, travelling marshals will not be covered for any ongoing treatment.

Former TT Chief Marshal, Bill Carden, told BBC Isle of Man: "The TT races and Manx Grand Prix rely heavily on volunteer marshals making the journey to the island. A journey which is already expensive.

"In 2010 we expect over 50% of the marshals to be from the UK or further afield.

"I don't yet know exactly how much the travel insurance will cost but it all adds up and without these people there is no event."

Racing regulations dictate the 37.3 mile circuit must have a minimum over 508 marshals around the  course at any one time during race or practice.