6 October 1995

Bull bars dont deserve their bad image…

BULL bars are safe and dont deserve the bad publicity they have attracted, says Selwyn Rowley of the Association of Protector Bar Manufacturers.

Mr Rowley points to evidence issued by the Department of Transport that there were six pedestrian fatalities involving vehicles fitted with protector bars in 1994. "Whether the bars were the critical factor in any of these remains questionable,"he says.

A new code, drawn up by the APBM, with the Cranfield Impact Centre, reinforces current legislation by including a range of guidelines which take into account recent research.

It recommends features designed to spread the load on impact, and also those for height and mass limits, and energy absorbing capability.

Anew code of practice for bull bar makers should make them safer.