HL Deb 10 July 2003 vol 651 cc60-1WA
Lord Mackenzie of Culkein

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the construction and use regulations permit the fitting of bull bars to (a) conventional cars and vans; and (b) off-road vehicles; and whether there are any plans to ban the fitting of these bars. [HL3817]

Lord Davies of Oldham

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 do not specifically ban the fitting of bull bars to these vehicles.

The most effective way of controlling hull bars is via technical standards in European legislation. We have submitted a technical proposal, based on UK research, to the Commission setting out how this could be achieved. We expect the Commission to bring forward its proposals on controlling bull bars later this year.

In the meantime we welcome the commitment by vehicle manufacturers to stop fitting rigid bull bars to new cars from 2002.