In recent years a number of major UK fleets have removed bull bars from their vehicles amid increasing controversy surrounding their safety. These include Marks & Spencer, DHL, HSS Hire Services and TNT. Last year four out of five British motorists condemned bull bars, according to a survey by Cowie Interleasing. Also last year Jersey introduced its own metal bull bar ban.
The Government has announced a three-month consultation period to December 31 and has asked for views on a number of options for controlling the use of the bars. For new bull bars, these are: banning all metal bull bars; allowing only those bars, whether plastic or metal, which pass a test; and allowing only those which have passed a test showing they are less aggressive than the vehicle they are intended for. For existing bull bars, the options are: take no action; the removal of all metal bull bars; requiring bars to be subjected to a test.
The paper also looks at a number of other issues, including the current European position and how a ban could be enforced. Any test, which could cost up to £20,000 and would need to be carried out for each combination of vehicle and bull bar, would be subject to industry discussion.