Project: Heavy Goods Vehicle Front Underrun

Reference: S310G/VE

Last update: 12/01/2004 15:44:23


The primary objective of this project is to reduce the fatalities and serious injuries sustained by car occupants when their vehicles are in a head on collision with a truck. This will be accomplished by developing an EC Directive containing the requirements and test standard for an energy absorbing front underrun device fitted to trucks.


This project is contributing to an EEVC programme of international work on energy absorbing front underrun protection. Reporting is through the EEVC who have presented a paper at an international conference. The project was hoping for funding from the EU but problems arose over a minor error and this delayed the work programme.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £16,490.00

Actual start date: 01 December 1993

Actual completion date: 31 January 1997


Development of a Test Procedure for Energy Absorbing Front Underrun Protection Systems for Trucks
Author: EEVC Working Group 14
Publication date: 01/12/1996
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Summary of results

  1. The results of the tests and simulations shows that if Rigid Front Underrun Protection Systems are fitted to trucks, crash severities can be considerably reduced.