Amongst a number of new products to be unveiled during the summer show season by UK importer and distributor Lynx Engineering was a new override protection system developed by Dutch manufacturer, Zuidberg.
The number of road traffic accidents involving agricultural tractors in collision with other vehicles remains stubbornly high both here in the UK and across Europe, with many such incidents resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. As tractors have continued to increase in size and weight so too has the potential for cars, vans or motorcycles to be mounted and crushed under a tractor with no front wheel protection.
A new override protection system, developed by Zuidberg to fit a wide range of tractors, is designed to absorb the impact of a front-on collision and deflect the other vehicle away from the tractor instead of ending up underneath it.
Zuidberg’s Override Protection system is available in two different versions. The first can be used with Zuidberg front weights between 850 and 1400 kg. A second multi-functional version can be combined with both the usual 3-point front linkage, and with any A-frame quick hitch. This version also comes supplied with a built-in towbar, and can be extended with a storage space/toolbox.
As well as greatly increasing the chances of survival for any road user unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with a tractor, the Zuidberg system greatly enhances the recognisability and visibility of the tractor by other road users from a longer, safer distance, reducing the risk of a collision occurring at all.
Both versions are of a sleek design, adjustable in width and come with all legally required width markings applied. They are suitable for all types of tractor equipped with front linkages and can be supplied to match original tractor colours. Smart technology in the bumper prevents snapping when reversing and all versions can be fitted with integrated LED marker lighting in order to further improve visibility and recognisability.