COPENHAGEN - The European Commission will not ban bull-bars on cars as a component, but legislation to protect pedestrians might have the effect of banning them. The legislation will be debated in the European Parliament this year.
In Denmark, the FDM motorists' federation has called for a ban on bull-bars. The organization supports a campaign by the parents of a young man killed last year when struck by a car with bull-bars.
Bull-bars are external grilles that protect the front ends of sport-utility vehicles from damage in harsh off-road conditions.
A Danish member of the European Parliament asked the European Commission if it intended to outlaw them. The EC has decided not to take action on bull-bars specifically, said EC official Martin Bangeman, because it wants legislation covering all safety aspects of the front end of vehicles. The EC wants to make all vehicles attain a certain safety level, rather than to ban certain components.
The UK's Road Transport Laboratory investigated collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists with vehicles equipped with bull-bars. The researchers found that, in most cases, the bull-bar did not make injuries worse.