The Association of British Kart Clubs (ABkC) was formed in 1990 to act as an interface between kart clubs and the sports governing body, the MSA, with whom there is a high degree of discussion and co-operation. The clubs are represented by the ABkC Steering Group which is elected each year during the A.G.M. held each Autumn. Over thirty of the kart clubs in the United Kingdom are members. The Steering Group also has representatives from other kart associations, which are usually regionally based, the MSA, the British Kart Industry Association (BKIA) and various championship organisers. The Steering Group doubles up as the Regional Association for karting so new clubs can join the ABkC instead of a local Regional Association. Decisions taken by that group will have a direct influence on all existing and proposed kart class regulations.