Now Cowie Interleasing has said it will persuade its customers' company car drivers not to have metal bull bars fitted unless they are vital for the job involved. An estimated 600,000 vehicles in the UK are fitted with the rigid metal crashbars.
The European Community is considering a ban on bull bars as part of a series of vehicle safety measures. Pending this decision, the British Government 'talked out' a move to ban bull bars last month (Fleet News April 12). A week later Jersey introduced its own metal bull bar ban (Fleet News April 19). Meanwhile, some manufacturers have removed metal bull bars as an option and insurance companies are refusing to cover vehicles which have them fitted.