Towbar Testing

Test Rig Procedure

Towbars on sale in Europe are designed to fit onto the vehicle manufacturers' official mounting points and are required to be type approved. Type approval 94/20/EC& Regulation55 applies to Towbars fitted to all light passenger vehicles registered on or after August 1st 1998. Type approval is governed by the approved bodies, PCT use the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) who oversees testing and ensures that strict quality management systems are in place. Towbar products are only granted approval by a registered government engineer following a two million cycle towing simulation fatigue test. Type approval contributed to a harmonisation of standards throughout the EC and assists in achieving a single market. With fixed flange, swan neck and detachable towbars, 94/20/EC& Regulation55 has brought engineering expertise into line throughout Europe.

 

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