VIC - HRV Stewards Industry Notice - Driver Check-In / Conduct / Social Media / IAP

29 July 2022

Driver Attendance – Signing In at Racemeetings

Australian Harness Racing Rule 43(1) states:

A driver engaged to drive a horse in a race shall report his attendance at the racecourse to the Stewards or the person authorised by the Stewards no later than 30 minutes prior to the official start time of the race or at such other time as prescribed by the Controlling Body.

(2)  A driver who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence.

HRV Stewards remind drivers that it is a requirement to sign in your attendance at a racemeeting at least 30 minutes prior to the official start time of your first drive.

Misconduct Penalties     

HRV Stewards remind participants in the Victorian Harness Racing industry of the importance and expectation to conduct themselves professionally, respectfully and appropriately at all times so as to represent the industry in the best possible light.

HRV Stewards do not tolerate inappropriate or unacceptable conduct and may therefore impose significant penalties and or refer matters to the Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT) depending on the circumstances of each particular case.

HRV Social Media Policy for Participants

Participants in the Victorian Harness Racing Industry are reminded to remain conscious and aware of your obligations in regard to the HRV ‘Social Media Policy For Participants’

The policy applies to licensed trainers, drivers, stablehands and registered owners. It is expected that the use of social media is conducted in an appropriate and reasonable manner.

HRV ‘Social Media Policy For Participants

Any person found in breach of this policy may be penalised by HRV Stewards.

Industry Assistance Program

Participants in the Victorian Harness Racing Industry have access to the HRV Industry Assistance Program through Benestar. This free service offers professional, confidential coaching and support for industry participants and can be accessed here.

The HRV Stewards are aware of drivers receiving abusive messages via social media from persons who may not be licensed.

Drivers are encouraged to report these incidents to the HRV Stewards for further investigation and any other possible action to be considered. Those drivers who may be subject to such abuse are urged to access the Industry Assistance Program if they feel necessary. 

Contacts For HRV Stewards

HRV Stewards


03 8378 0222

Scratchings / Driver Changes & Weekend Racing


03 8378 0291

Integrity Hotline


03 9214 0651


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