Australian 4WD Industry Council survey findings records public experience with bullbars.
Australian 4WD Industry Council survey findings records public experience with bullbars.

Bullbar use survey a hit

A NATIONAL survey of bullbar users conducted by the Australian 4WD Industry Council has revealed 97% of respondents believed their safety would be compromised if they were unable to fit a bullbar to their vehicle.

Accessible on the industry council’s website from January to March, the survey was conducted to gather accurate information about the public’s experiences with the use of bullbars and nudgebars in Australia.

The online survey had an overwhelming 42,600 responses. As 9004 respondents did not answer the whole survey, analysis of the study was based on the 33,620 who completed all questions.

Council spokesperson and AAAA executive director Stuart Charity said the bullbar user survey vindicated the industry position that bullbars were vital to vehicle and occupant safety, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas.

“To my knowledge, a survey of such size and scope on bullbars has never been done,” Mr Charity said.

“This huge survey response was fuelled by a ground-swell of opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed adoption of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation GTR-09 on pedestrian safety. This proposal was withdrawn in February 2011.

“The flood of responses was a spontaneous reaction from the people who have personal experience of the safety benefits of bullbars.”

There were no phone calls or doorknocking to promote the study. The only incentive was the council’s commitment to pay $1 per survey response to the Royal Flying Doctor Service up to $22,000.

“We are delighted to now deliver on that commitment, with council members funding that $22,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” said Stuart Charity.

While 98% of respondents fitted a bullbar to protect the vehicle and occupants from animal strikes, people also reported that bullbars were a stable platform for other important safety equipment, including:

84% fitted auxiliary lighting,

80% fitted communications equipment,

58% fitted winch equipment.

The council is a non-competitive, specialist council of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.

Animal strikes in 5yrs

73% of respondents had experienced an animal strike on their bullbar equipped vehicle. That is 22,088 people.

59% of them, or 17,852 people, had experienced one to three strikes.

7%, or 2118 people, had experienced between 11 and 20 strikes.

2%, or 605 people, had experienced more than 100 strikes.


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