Project: EEVC WG13 Side Impact Procedures Chair and Technical Secretary

Reference: S0222/VF

Last update: 10/06/2005 15:09:45


The main objectives of this project are to provide the:

* Chair and Technical Secretary for EEVC WG13;
* EEVC representation for the IHRA Side Impact Working Group;
* EEVC WG13 representation at the EEVC Steering Committee; and
* EEVC representation for GRSP.

For a successful outcome, it will be necessary to work closely within the EEVC and IHRA working groups, the United Nations group of passive safety experts (GRSP) and with the successful contractor of project S0220/VF - Development of Improved Global Harmonised Side Impact Test Procedures, from whom it may be necessary to obtain appropriate briefings.


The Department for Transport wishes to further improve occupant protection in car to car side impacts, the second most common accident configuration after frontal impact, using test procedures based on sound scientific research. Research of this nature is normally carried out collaboratively by members of the European Enhanced Vehicle Safety Committee (EEVC) and more recently by members of the International Harmonisation of Research Activities (IHRA).

The Department's side impact research and testing programme, together with the UK technical representation within EEVC WG13 will be funded under project S0220/VF - Development of Improved Global Harmonised Side Impact Test Procedures. However, in recognition of the benefits to the UK of retaining the roles of Chair and technical secretary of EEVC WG13, this project will fund the UK's continued involvement in this respect, encompassing the preparation, attendance and reporting of the EEVC WG13 meetings and associated participation within IHRA and GRSP.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £173,072.00

Actual start date: 01 March 2003

Actual completion date: 30 June 2006

Summary of results

  1. The contractor represented the Department at some 18 international EEVC WG13 and IHRA related meetings over the period of the contract. The contract included liaison work between meetings on behalf of the respective organisations.