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The proposed standard developed by the Committee on Safe Barriers for Bikers Report is approved as UNE

It concludes the first phase of the work of the Spanish Committee of Experts on safety barriers for motorcycles

The proposed standard developed by the Committee approved as UNE Report

The report, endorsed this morning by the AEN / CTN135 AENOR Committee, defines the methods to evaluate the behavior of motorists protection systems in safety barriers and parapets

After a period of six months allegations, the paper definitely acquire the character of Norma

Madrid, December 10 2002.- After nearly ten months of uninterrupted work, the Committee of Experts on Safe Barriers for Motorcycles today has been rewarded for his efforts: The Committee AEN / CTN135 "Equipment for Road Signs" of the Spanish Association Standardization and Certification (AENOR), approved this morning, with the category of "UNE Report", the proposal developed during that time by this working group, the first created in our country with the aim of improving security movement of two-wheelers.

Within fifteen days and over the next six months, a period claims that the content of the report, so that any institutions or individuals can present their comments and contributions to it will open. End of that period, the UNE Report and "evaluation of the behavior of protection systems for motorcyclists on safety barriers and parapets" be approved as UNE.

From this point, the Expert Committee begins the second phase of its work, which will also take place between January and June 2003, which is conducting the impact tests to reproduce full-scale injuries suffered by a motorist to colliding with a safety barrier or guardrail after an accident.

The purpose of these trials, on which there is already some experience in other countries (France, for example), is to determine the minimum levels of containment must submit the device to protect the security barrier to ensure that the shock of a motorist against them will not result in any case, serious injury, always reflecting the worst situation that might arise in reality.

Its results will feed into the report UNE and will be covered, as on the back Standard, a standard whose production participated the Directorate General of Roads of the Ministry of Public Works, the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorates of Roads of the Autonomous Communities and Provincial Councils, and which it may be also referred to in the technical specifications of any administration with expertise in road management.

The UNE Report "evaluation of the behavior of protection systems for motorcyclists on safety barriers and parapets" is divided into two parts. In the first the general conditions under which the tests are to be developed are defined, the characteristics of the "dummies" (mannequins that replicate human anatomy) to be used in the same and indicators of risk of injury to head, neck or chest (the body parts that are most affected when a motorist collides with a safety barrier).

The second part describes the one hand, the peculiarities of the releases to be made in the tests: trajectories, speeds, angles, points of impact and position of the dummies at the time of the collision; and on the other hand, the required levels of protection to the protective devices for placement in the safety barriers or guardrails to be considered suitable.

The Committee of Spanish Experts on Safe Barriers for Motorcycles was established on 20 February and, under the chairmanship of the Spanish Road Association (AEC), it is composed of representatives of the authorities with jurisdiction roads (Highways of Ministry of Public Works, Roads DGs of the Autonomous Communities and Provincial Councils, DGT), manufacturers of protective barriers and barriers, testing laboratories, biomechanics, medicine and users.

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