Project: Agricultural Vehicles: Conspicuity and Rear Vision

Reference: S321E/VE

Last update: 19/09/2003 14:22:54

Objectives

This project will determine:

* the areas of poor conspicuity/visibility most likely to contribute to accidents;
* the best ways to improve any identified areas of poor conspicuity/visibility;
* the financial cost, method of application, fitment and maintenance requirements for any proposed improvements. Consider fully the likely high component vulnerability to damage due to the nature of agricultural vehicle operation;
* the significance of other accident influencing features such as; vehicle speeds, vehicle design, country surroundings and lack of cleanliness or other problems with current marker lights and indicators, etc;
* ways to improve operating practices to reduce accident risks; and
* proposals for influencing changes to EU and C & U requirements.

Description

Poor vehicle conspicuity and deficient rear vision of agricultural vehicles has been highlighted as instrumental in a disproportionately high number of road accidents involving agricultural vehicles in the UK. The current project examined reports for such accidents for the period 1991 to 1996 in detail.

Contractor(s)

Open Ergonomics
34 Bakewell Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5QY
+44 (0) 1509 218 333

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £79,000.00

Actual start date: 01 March 1998

Actual completion date: 30 June 2000

Publication(s)

DPU 9/33/28F. Agricultural Vehicles - Conspicuity and Rear Vision. Final Report
Author: Open Ergonomics Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2000
Unpublished
Source: Contact: phil.stout@dft.gsi.gov.uk

DPU 9/33/28F. Agricultural Vehicles - Conspicuity and Drivers Rear Vision. Appendices
Author: Open Ergonomics Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2000
Unpublished
Source: Contact: phil.stout@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. A report, in two parts, has been produced detaiuling the findings of the research and making positive recommendations for legislative consideration. The report also makes a case for extended evaluation to add value and increase confidence in the findings of the research with regard to agricultural vehicle field of vision.