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Bull Bars

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action she intends to take on bull bars following the consultation exercise carried out during the last Parliament; and if she will bring forward legislation for aggressive bull bars to be made illegal. [111151]

The most effective way of controlling aggressive bull bars is via technical standards in European legislation.We have submitted a technical proposal, following 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 the European Motor Industry to stop fitting rigid bull bars to new cars from 2002.