A STEEL CAGE, COMFORT AND SEAT BELT GIVE THE DRIVER SECURITY

STAALBUR, KOMFORT OCH BAELTE GER FOERAREN SAEKERHET

Swedish specifications for lorry cabs are the most stringent in the world. Each cab must withstand 3 tests; 2 are impact tests in which a 1 ton pendulum drops freely from a height of 3 M onto a windscreen column and onto the back wall. The third test involves loading the roof with 15 tons. All imported lorries must also pass these tests. Additional reinforcement provided consists of a beam on each side of the engine which is trimmed into a beam under the floor of the cab. Doors and door fixtures are also capable of withstanding large loads. The aim is to create a survival capsule for the driver. A common type of accident involves shifting of the load forwards, but both the back of the cab and the front of the load platform are reinforced to resist this. Volvo has a mobile investigating commission which travels to all accidents, one result of the work of which was to lower bumpers on lorries so as to prevent crushing of windscreens on cars. A lot of work is also done to reduce discomfort and thus driver fatigue. A campaign is in progress to persuade lorry drivers to wear seat belts. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Svenska Aakerifoerbundet

    Fack
    18210 Danderyd,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1980

Language

  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 38
  • Serial:
    • Lastbilen
    • Volume: 49
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Svenska Aakerifoerbundet

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM