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New safety standards for bullbars
New standard takes bullbars by the horns
By Peter Williams
Tuesday September 24 2002
Design changes are on the way to make vehicle bullbars less of a danger to pedestrians.
Safety standards requiring more pedestrian-friendly bullbars were introduced today following pressure from safety advocates and governments.
The new standard recommends bull bars follow the contours of the vehicle rather than jutting out and that dangerous projections like fishing rod holders not be located where they can come into contact with pedestrians.
While the new standard is voluntary, most makers of bullbars are expected to comply.
The Pedestrian Council of Australia called for the standard to be made compulsory within three years, estimating bullbars were responsible for up to 20 percent of pedestrian accidents.
How the f**k are bullbars responsible for pedestrian accidents? This quote belongs in the thread "What Do They Teach at School?"! Do they jump off the front of the vehicles and chase them around until they catch them? I would suggest that a large percentage of pedestrians would be responsible for pedestrian "accidents" by not paying attention and walking in front of moving vehicles.
"This standard must be prospectively regulated, like gun laws, seat-belt laws and environmental laws," the council's Harold Scruby said.
Groups representing bullbar makers pledged to follow the voluntary rules, released yesterday by Standards Australia.
"Dangerous metal bull bars have been around for too long and the new standard will make them accountable to pedestrians," said Gary Retallick of the Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia.
The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association's John Forsyth said: "The standard will make sure that bullbars are safer for all road users."
John Henry of Standards Australia said bullbar makers had accepted and signed off on the standard, which is to be phased in from next year.
"Now I don't say that every one of their members is 100 percent overjoyed with that," he said.
But he warned: "In this increasingly litigious age I think anyone who thumbs their nose at the only benchmark for bullbar safety, I think they're treading on fairly dangerous ground."
Mr Forsyth said the adoption of safer bullbars would be up to vehicle owners, although he expected state road authorities to regulate now the standard had been published.
"The market will decide how important it is and I believe the market will call for manufacturers to meet the standard."
He conceded that a small section of the industry that made "aggressive" bullbars might ignore the document.
As well as having a new design, bullbars will also need to meet strict impact criteria in simulated accidents.
"We expect this will lead to a new range of safer products coming onto the market that are better designed and employ more pedestrian-friendly materials," Mr Henry said.
The standard does not specify what materials should be used.
The Australian Transport Council of state ministers last month called for a quick finalisation of the bullbar standard.
Motorists' associations have welcomed its introduction.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.