AN HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO RESEARCH ON PROTECTING CAR OCCUPANTS, PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORCYCLISTS

The Transport Research Laboratory has been researching the ways in which road users are killed and injured in road accidents in the UK, and the means by which these injuries can be reduced, since the 1950's. This paper reviews the progress of this research, identifying the gradually increasing knowledge and understanding that has led to the present position of vehicle safety. Examples are given of the improvements seen in child and adult restraint systems, motor cycle safety, improved structural requirement for vehicles, and how the research has led to the development of appropriate regulations. Lessons learnt from this past work and the increasing need for international collaboration are given together with a review of the main topics of interest for today and tomorrow. Improved vehicle safety is presented as a contribution to the improvement in quality of life in the Human Society. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 880121.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 52-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 7-80003-311-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM