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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #1 (permalink)
Richard Brookman
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Bull bars ban (UK)?

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:

QUOTE
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 themselves.

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 will
make rigid bull bars illegal, although the law will not be retroactive, but
will allow the use of non-rigid equipment that manufacturers are developing
to improve pedestrian safety.
END QUOTE

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Bull bars ban (UK)?

Shame that parents don't teach their sprogs kerb drill anymore, or manners,
or discipline, but then they never learn it themselves!
Peter


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #3 (permalink)
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Peter wrote:

> Shame that parents don't teach their sprogs kerb drill anymore, or manners,
> or discipline, but then they never learn it themselves!
> Peter


In the nanny state so beloved of this Government you're not allowed to
take responsibility for any of your actions.
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #4 (permalink)
Peter
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Time for a change then? Is there an English Liberation Army. If not why not?
Peter


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Bull bars ban (UK)?

I think with something like a series or a defender it is rather academic as
to whether they are more dangeros to pedestrians with or without.

I don't approve of there use to dress up non utilitarian 4x4's though.


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"Richard Brookman" <newsboy@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:3ggpngFccfcvU1@individual.net...
> 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:
>
> QUOTE
> 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

themselves.
>
> 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

will
> make rigid bull bars illegal, although the law will not be retroactive,

but
> will allow the use of non-rigid equipment that manufacturers are

developing
> to improve pedestrian safety.
> END QUOTE
>
> --
> Rich
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> S2a 88" SW
> Tiggrr (V8 trialler)
>
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:31   #6 (permalink)
Larry
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Re: Bull bars ban (UK)?

Cyclists especially, I remember the cycling proficiency scheme and I guess
that gave me an erly grounding in roadcraft.

These days you practically need radar to see those cyclists one moment on
the pavement the next on the road, and the idiots who nip up on the inside
of you at traffic lights oblivios to any blind spots.


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"Richard Adcock" <r.adcockNOSPAM@virgin.net> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 5 Jun 2005 23:41:37 +0100, "Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.com>
> wrote:
>
> >I think with something like a series or a defender it is rather academic

as
> >to whether they are more dangeros to pedestrians with or without.
> >
> >I don't approve of there use to dress up non utilitarian 4x4's though.

>
> just a thought, but why not spend the time and money educating
> children that the road is a dangerous place and teach them how to
> cross it accordingly?
>
> richard
> ex tufty club member
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:32   #7 (permalink)
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In message <3ggpngFccfcvU1@individual.net>
"Richard Brookman" <newsboy@nowhere.com> wrote:

> 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:
>
> QUOTE
> 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 themselves.
>
> 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 will
> make rigid bull bars illegal, although the law will not be retroactive, but
> will allow the use of non-rigid equipment that manufacturers are developing
> to improve pedestrian safety.
> END QUOTE
>


This info may be out of date now, but when the law was proposed, it
actually said that metal nudge bars could not be fitted to new vehicles.
It did not say that they could not be fitted after-sale - a subtle
difference in semantics that makes a hell of a lot of difference
in reality. In other words, its just another of Smiling Tony's
Non-Laws that keeps the reality-free quiche eaters in Hampsted &
Finchley happy.

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:32   #8 (permalink)
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"Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.com> wrote in message
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>I think with something like a series or a defender it is rather academic as
> to whether they are more dangerous to pedestrians with or without.



Not too sure about that. If you hit a pedestrian or cyclist with a Defender
without bull bar the impacts is spread over a nice and flat surface, with a
bar all the impact is on a much smaller surface area.

There was a case a couple of years back of a pedestrian being killed by a
car with bull bar, and the coroner said the person would have survived
without the bar.

But then I am not convinced the discussion is on a rational, fact based
basis, it seems part of the general anti 4x4 bash. I read farmers might
loose subsidies they receive when they allow 4x4 activities on their land,
so they want us off greenlanes, and now they want to stop organised
activities off green lanes.

I think it is more worthwhile trying to protest against these things than
against bull bars stuff, where there are good arguments against us, and most
of us don't need them, anyway. But then I have just moved from the UK to
Portugal, no such issues here! Lots of people drive off-road and it is much
more accepted, lots of TV coverage of trials etc.

Pieter


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:32   #9 (permalink)
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"Richard Brookman" <newsboy@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:3ggpngFccfcvU1@individual.net...
> 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:
>
> QUOTE
> 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

themselves.
>
> 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

will
> make rigid bull bars illegal, although the law will not be retroactive,

but
> will allow the use of non-rigid equipment that manufacturers are

developing
> to improve pedestrian safety.
> END QUOTE
>
> --
> Rich


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.


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:32   #10 (permalink)
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>
>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%
>


Sad to say, the lamb had probably travelled further than you had....


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