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Drug & Alcohol Testing

MNZ undertakes drug and alcohol testing separate to that conducted by Drug Free Sport New Zealand. Tests are carried out randomly throughout the country.

Stewards will be contacted by the testing agency the night before if testing is to be carried out at their event. Stewards are required to keep the information confidential and work with the agency to ensure a smooth process for all concerned.

Testing on the day

  • Testing agents will introduce themselves to the Steward on arrival
  • The agents will randomly select competitors to be tested from the sign on list and will ask the Steward to bring the selected competitors to the designated testing area
  • A form will be completed by the competitor
  • Testing will be carried out before practice
  • Verbal results of the tests will be made available almost immediately to the Steward, advising a pass or a requirement for further analysis 

Results and infringements

Should the test indicate that a sample requires further analysis, the Steward will explain to the competitor that they have had a “not–negative” drug test or positive breath alcohol test, that they will be excluded from the event and that their licence will be held by the Steward and sent to the MNZ office.

The Steward will complete and issue a Competitor Infringement Notice (CIN). For the avoidance of doubt, the infringement on the notice should read “not-negative drug test” or “positive breath alcohol reading” (or both should that be the case).

The penalty should be exclusion from the event and a $250 fine, in accordance with rules 6.23a & 6.23b (Off Road) and 6.32a & 6.32b (Road) in the Manual of Motorcycle Sport (MoMS).

If for any reason a competitor refused to be tested (drug or alcohol), it will be deemed a “not-negative” result and the consequences above will apply – exclusion from the event, CIN issued and licence retained by the Steward. In this instance, for the avoidance of doubt, the infringement on the notice should read “refusal of test”. The penalty should be exclusion from the event and a $250 fine in accordance with rules 6.23a & 6.23b (Off Road) and 6.32a & 6.32b (Road) in the MoMS.

Stewards must forward a copy of the CIN and the competitor’s licence to the MNZ office within 24 hours of the event.

Should the competitor refuse to sign the CIN, the Riders’ Representative can be asked to sign the notice. Refusal by the competitor to sign the CIN does not invalidate the notice, nor the penalty given.

Stewards may contact the MNZ office on week days or the Officials helpline 0800 669 245 on weekends if they have questions about the drug and alcohol testing process or their responsibilities around it.

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