Euro NCAP Crash Tests on Heavy Quadricycles

Euro NCAP Crash Tests on Heavy Quadricycles


Euro NCAP has carried out a test campaign on quadricycles, which are not subject to the same legislative safety tests as other cars. These vehicles are sold as convenient means of transport. In Europe, they are road-legal and a full license may not be required to drive some of them. Technically classed as light quadricycles or heavy quadricycles they do not have to pass the stringent safety tests that apply to the passenger cars usually assessed by Euro NCAP. Quadricycles are representing an
alternative for some consumers in place of either full normal passenger vehicles or motorbikes. Quadricycles are type-approved in the same category as motorbikes. Four heavy quadricycles have undergone front and side impacts. The test was carried out according to a modified Euro NCAP quadricycle protocol, which requires an impact against a full width deformable barrier In place of an offset deformable barrier at an impact speed of 50km/h, instead of 64km/h. Light quadricycles are limited to 45 km/h Heavy quadricycles are not limited and some can reach speeds up to 100 km/h. If a collision occurs in urban or rural traffic the severity of the impact for a quadricycle can be much greater than the maximum speed that vehicle can reach, leading to very serious consequences for the occupants. I think that this category is in general safer than a motorbike. Of course, when you look to the results of our test, the results show that it is far away from what we can see on passenger vehicles, even from what we called low-cost vehicles. The crash test results of the quadricycles SHOULD NOT be compared with the star ratings usually published by Euro NCAP. It’s important that Europe stays ahead
of the game. These vehicles already satisfy a minimum set of
requirements which is clearly not enough as the tests show. It is therefore
important that the European Union develops more stringent safety
requirements so that the safety of all road users is
guaranteed whatever vehicle they decided to drive. Euro NCAP is raising awareness that in general a lower level of protection is provided by quadricycles than passenger cars and is calling for manufacturers and authorities to raise the minimum safety of these vehicles. My advice to a consumer who is evaluating a quadricycle for a purchase, is to always choose all safety options which are available from the manufacturer and also be conscious that they will not
be alone on the roads but the will interact with vehicles
there are many times heavier than a quadricycle.

10 Comments

  • Leonaristo

    June 4, 2014

    Safety is important. In that case, how about motorbikes? They are also legal to be driven on the road and some of them with performance comparable to super cars. If Quadricycles to governed by stringent safety requirements, does it mean motorbikes should also be treated the same?

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  • Elias Korsvik Aarli

    June 9, 2014

    The rsnault look good

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  • mianmitthu

    June 27, 2014

    Polished and refined garbage! So much effort went into making the interior look so good and modern but no even a single airbag…

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  • Eliteshock

    June 30, 2014

    Love it when the dubstep kicks in 😉

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  • sam arnold

    July 20, 2014

    seat belt brake off in one of them they should not be on the road and that just into a wall what happen if it is a over lap

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  • mr john

    February 3, 2016

    man . motorbike = death

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  • mr john

    February 3, 2016

    motorbike is a killer of it owner

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  • L wheeler

    June 17, 2016

    how old can you be to drive one of these

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  • DuoDude

    July 23, 2017

    I'd only feel safe in the Twizy.

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  • Ander Jr

    March 16, 2018

    airbags are not that hard for manufacturers to get.

    Reply

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