Project: Heavy Goods Vehicle Seatbelts: Ergonomics of Current Systems

Reference: S080L/VE

Last update: 11/12/2003 10:49:34


The project was commissioned by the UK Department of Transport (DoT) and aimed at identifying suitable technical standards for the seat belts and their anchorages as well as ergonomically acceptable restraint systems for agricultural vehicles. The project was also tasked with examining the provision, use and experience of seat belts in the earth-moving machinery industry, to establish whether any lessons learnt were applicable to agricultural vehicles and whether there was a case for common standards across both vehicle types.


This report presents the main findings of a project to study the provision of seat belts for agricultural vehicles.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £55,150.00

Actual start date: 01 October 1994

Actual completion date: 31 December 1996


HGV Seatbelts: Ergonomics of Current Designs. Final Report
Author: ICE Ergonomics Ltd
Publication date: 01/04/1997
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Summary of results

  1. It should be recognised that truck drivers spend long periods in their cabs every day and this exposure may turn a mild sensation into a major source of discomfort. Also, it was found that whilst generally, a modern cab and seatbelt system need not be uncomfortable, some were.

    The study made a number of recommendations for ensuring the highest levels of comfort in future seatbelt systems.

    Belts which are mounted to the seat are likley to offer both the highest levels of comfort and convenience.