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Bus roll over tests help develop a code of practice for coach construction



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1 November 1991

BUS ROLL OVER TESTS HELP DEVELOP A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR COACH CONSTRUCTION

Australia's world lead in implementing safety requirements for bus roll over strength will soon progress another step with a Code of Practice for bus manufacturers, according to Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown.

He was speaking in Sydney today at roll over tests on a prototype Australian bus design.

'Computer analysis of today's tests will be used to finalise the Code of Practice, which will enable local bus manufacturers to comply with Australian Design Rule (ADR) 59/00, covering roll over body strength', Mr Brown said.

Today's roll over test, conducted at the Moorebank facility of JRA (Jaguar Rover Australia) on behalf of the Federal Office of Road Safety, was funded from the Prime Minister's Road Safety Research Program.

Mr Brown said the proposed Code of Practice would provide a cost-effective means of achieving improved bus superstructure designs to meet the requirements of ADR 59/00 without imposing unnecessary costs on the relatively small bus body building industry.

'As Australia's annual production of about 1000 buses comprises a wide variety of body styles, the need to test each design would impose unacceptably high costs on the bus building industry', Mr Brown said.

'Once the Code of Practice is released in January 1992, buses with superstructures designed to the code will require little or no testing.

'These measures, together with the package of design rules providing for seat belts for front row and exposed positions and new regulations covering seat strength, seat anchorage strength and padding will make Australian-made buses and coaches the safest in the world.'

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