Project: Biomechanics - EEVC WG20 Rear Impact - Chair

Reference: S0445/V8

Last update: 25/03/2008 16:57:42


The project supports the Department's objective of reducing the number and severity of road accident casualties through improved vehicle (secondary) safety. Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) injury is a very important and difficult subject area. Some form of regulatory test may ultimately be necessary to reduce the severity and incidence of WAD injury. It is essential that such a test is well founded, appropriate and proportionate.

The specific objective of this project is to ensure that the WG20 delivers proposals to mitigate the severity and incidence of neck injury, based upon the scientific evidence available. The proposals should be suitable for use in the regulatory arena. The proposals must be delivered in a timely manner and ensure that the UK evidence is well represented in the decision making process. Specific tasks include:
1. Chair for EEVC WG20; and
2. EEVC WG20 representation at the EEVC Steering Committee.


The project will provide the role of Chair to the European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee (EEVC) Working Group (WG) 20 Rear Impact.

This working group are tasked with developing test procedure(s) for rear-end collisions, with a prime focus on reducing severity and incidence of neck injury. The procedures must be suitable for regulatory use. Following Departmental research the UK submitted a proposal of work to the group to deliver appropriate test procedures to a demanding timescale, in order to maximise benefits. Key to the UK approach was ensuring the appropriate consideration of the scientific evidence that has been made available to te group.
In addition, this project will fund the UK continued involvement within the forum, encompassing the preparation, attendance, reporting and supporting work of the WG20 meetings. This may include fulfilment of tasks in support of the UK National Representative to the Wroking Group 20.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £90,000.00

Actual start date: 01 May 2005

Actual completion date: 30 March 2007