Project: A Framework Arrangement for Scientific and Technical Support

Reference: S0217/VC

Last update: 13/03/2008 15:12:48


The specific objective of this research project is to provide a flexible support service to policy engineers and officials in VTS division.

It is not possible to describe the objectives more precisely given the range of issues and topics likely to be covered during the project lifetime. For example:

* drafting of research project specifications;
* tender appraisal/evaluation and project management;
* peer review of research or technical papers;
* analysis/advice on regulatory measures and type approval;
* providing scientific support for/at both National and International meetings;
* testing, evaluating and advising on vehicle safety and systems;
* evaluation and advice on advanced technology issues including telematic and intelligent highway systems;
* propulsion systems, ICE emissions testing and fuel quality assessment or analysis;
* vehicle/tyre noise testing and advice; and
* regulatory impact and competitiveness assessments.

It will also not be possible to provide a definitive statement about the use of the results given the broad range of subject areas. Each separate work item is likely to have a different final use, although they will all be directed at supporting, developing or implementing DfT policy.


This project will deliver a variety of separate outputs ranging from reviews of technical papers, providing scientific support for policy officials at meetings and testing vehicles and systems. The timing of these outputs will be determined when requests are identified and costs and timetables agreed with the preferred contractor. This is aimed at complementing the division's work programme and is therefore likely to be related to much of the current VTS research portfolio. It will not directly duplicate any work being undertaken in specific projects.


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

AEA Technology Environment
Harwell Business Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QJ
+44 (0)1235 432201

Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd
Millbrook, Bedford, MK45 2JQ
+44 (0)1525 408408

Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd
Bridgeworks, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FG
+44 (0)1273 455611

SAVE Transport Consultancy
St Aubins, Knockholt Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, Kent TN14 7ES
+44 (0)1959 533216

Cranfield Impact Centre Ltd
Wharley End, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0JR
+44 (0)1234 750111

Peter Brett Associates
Consulting Engineers, 16 Westcote Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2DE
+44 (0)118 9500761

Ergonomics and Safety Research Ltd
Holywell Building, Holywell Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3UZ
01509 283300

ITS Testing Services (UK) Ltd
Sunbury Technical Centre, Unit A Shears Way, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7EE
+44 (0)1932 732103

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £500,000.00

Actual start date: 01 October 2002

Actual completion date: 27 February 2007


PR/SE/952/04. Summary of Tests to Support the ISO Working Group 1 Side Impact Ad-hoc Group
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/2004
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Assessment of the Number of Vehicles Likely to be Submitted for Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval
Author: SAVE Transport Consultancy
Publication date: 20/05/2003
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A Cost Benefit Analysis of HGV Cab Strengthening for Fatal and Serious Injuries Based on Year 2003 (An Update of Project No S050H/VE)
Author: Cranfield Impact Centre Limited
Publication date: 16/07/2003
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PR/SE/838/03. HGV Tractor/Trailer Compatibility - Checking Parameters at Annual Test
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 16/06/2003
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Report of the GRPE Particle Measurement Programme
Author: PMP Partnership
Publication date: 31/07/2003
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UPR T/092/04. A Preliminary Report on Head-Up Displays
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 13/08/2004
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UPR SE/085/04. An Assessment of the Field of View Requirements in Directive 2003/97/EEC for Class III Mirrors Fitted to Passenger Cars and Comparison with an Alternative Proposal
Author: TRL Limited
Publication date: 30/11/2004
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Summary of results

  1. Unless otherwise stated there are no published results for the individual projects carried out under this framework arrangement.