Re: Bull bars ban (UK)?
"Richard Brookman" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Thoughts? This reads as if it's no longer a proposal but actually will
> become law from next January. What does retroactive mean here? Does it
> only apply to new cars, or does it mean that cars already fitted with them
> can keep them? (I've never wanted bull bars, but if it will irritate Tony
> and his Euro colleagues I will make the effort.)
> From The Times on May 27th:
> Bull-bar curb to cut road deaths
> By Rory Watson
> A EUROPE-WIDE ban on rigid bull bars on new cars will come into force in
> January after MEPs adopted measures yesterday to improve road safety.
> European, Japanese and Korean car manufacturers adopted a voluntary
> agreement three years ago not to install the equipment on their vehicles,
> but there is nothing to prevent drivers buying and installing it
> The Transport Research Laboratory estimates that the legislation will
> prevent almost 140 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries among British
> pedestrians and cyclists every year. Under the measures, the frontal
> protection systems of vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes will have to pass four
> tests to determine their impact when they hit children or adults. This
> make rigid bull bars illegal, although the law will not be retroactive,
> will allow the use of non-rigid equipment that manufacturers are
> to improve pedestrian safety.
> END QUOTE
Interesting as we in Australia have a similar debate every so often fueled
usually by the injury/death of a pedestrian in an urban area hit by a
softroader fitted with some monstrocity stuck on the front.
Personally I'm not a great fan of bull bars unless you actually have
a few bulls or roos or wombats to cause you some problems in
your travels. Now when I was in the UK last year I tried to find
roads swarming with bulls, roos and wombats - but to no avail.
Plenty of dumb sheep that seem to have got the idea into their
heads that Aussie tourists always carry a jar of mint sauce and
a dutch oven to cook them in - so gave us a wide berth. We had
to buy lamb much to our disgust and probably contributed to
the UKs GNP by about 10%
Even bull bars dont do a great deal to protect you in the event
of hitting a large enough animal, plus cleaning up the mess of
body parts jammed into the bull bar is very puke making.
They do protect the vehicle from low speed impacts though -
which I'm sure is the main reason they are fitted by the parking
challenged amongst us.
SIIA with Roobar and steel girder bumper
SIII with Bullbar, rod holders, steel girder bumper
Toyota Hilux with pedestrian killing bar
Toyota Troop Carrier with a seriously nasty reinforced bullbar
that helped push start a 10 tonne truck.
Geez I gotta get rid of those bullbars.