Media Release 24 August 2015
Racing Australia wishes to reinforce its Notice of 3 September, 2013 banning the use of the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest Standard M6 Issue 5 for all licensed jockeys, track riders and stable hands.
The use of such vest was prohibited by all jockeys, track riders and stable hands effective from 1 October, 2013.
Racing Australia is concerned that some Tipperary vests may still be in circulation at training venues. Tipperary vests do not meet safety standards and are considered an unacceptable safety risk. Licensed persons are reminded of his or her obligation to wear only safety vests that are approved under Australian Rule of Racing 87B. The Tipperary vest is not an Approved Vest under Australian Rule of Racing 87B(2).
Trainers are urged to satisfy themselves that Tipperary vests are not worn in their stables, or used by any rider, notwithstanding that it is the responsibility of the individual licensed person to comply with the Rules of Racing.
Penalties will be enforced for any continued use of the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest by any licensed person.