‘Bull bars’ stay after federal backflip

DRIVERS of vehicles fitted with “bull bars” have been given a reprieve by the Federal government.
The 4WD Industry Council of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has welcomed the Federal government’s decision to withdraw the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on Pedestrian Safety on the basis that the proposal was not suitable for Australian conditions.
Released on January 12, the RIS proposed the adoption of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation GTR-09 on pedestrian safety to supersede the current Australian Design Rule for vehicle frontal design.
The proposal also considered changes to regulations governing the design of vehicle frontal protection systems (bull bars and nudge bars).
The RIS was to be open for public consultation until April 15 with a final decision on the adoption of the regulation scheduled for later this year.
AAAA executive director, Stuart Charity, said this European standard was not suitable for Australian driving conditions.
“The RIS focused on pedestrian safety in an urban context. It took no account of the safety needs of millions of Australians living, working and holidaying in outer urban and regional areas,” he said.
“The Federal government recognised this and withdrew the proposal before the consultation period closed.”