Project: Integrated Safety Guards and Spray Suppression for Heavy Goods Vehicles

Reference: S0131/VE

Last update: 14/03/2008 12:34:47

Objectives

The project objectives are to:

* review the various exemptions from fitting side/rear guards in the current directives/regulations;
* examine current Construction & Use regulations, EC directives and UNECE regulations for front/rear underrun and sideguards, recognise any conflicts that may exist between the requirements and identify the benefits of vehicles being fitted integrated side/front/rear guards;
* identify the safety and cost saving benefits in vehicles being fitted with 'smooth' side guards than the two rails that are currently fitted;
* to investigate and propose remedial solutions to the sideguard height problem with UK & Continental truck/trailer compatibility;
* develop a test method that would effectively measure the performance of aerodynamic spray suppression system, and allow a comparison to the types that are currently fitted to HGVs; and
* analyse and determine the cost benefit for combining integrated side guards with an aerodynamic spray suppression system for HGVs.

Description

Legislation for spray suppression, sideguards, rear underrun and recently front underrun have all been considered as discrete issues. This project is not only to consider these individual issues but also how they integrate with one another and the possible gains in fuel economy resulting from improved aerodynamics.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £222,227.00

Actual start date: 01 March 2003

Actual completion date: 30 November 2005

Publication(s)

PR/SE/819/03. Measuring Vehicle Spray Using Digital Cameras
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/10/2003
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Evaluation of Splash and Spray Suppression Devices on Large Trucks During Wet Weather
Author: University of Minnesota for AAA Foundation for Traffic safety
Publication date: 31/10/2003
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

UPR/SE/032/04. Identifying the Safety Benefits of Smooth Sidegauards and Ending Exemptions
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 31/01/2005
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

UPR/SE/033/04. Integrated Safety Guards: Initial Regulatory Impact Assessment
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/12/2004
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

UPR/SE/034/04. Spray Suppression: Initial Regulatory Impact Assessment
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 31/05/2004
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

UPR/SE/057/04. Review of Side and Underrun Guard Regulations and Exemptions
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 30/04/2004
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk

UPR/SE/084/04. The Use of Alternative Materials for Sideguards
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 31/08/2004
Unpublished
Source: Contact: louise.turner@dft.gsi.gov.uk