The Age Wednesday 12 January 2005


Campaign to ban bullbars


The family of a Melbourne boy killed by a four-wheel-drive has begun a campaign to ban bullbars from vehicles in urban areas.


Shahid Hajher, seven, died in his sister's arms in the NSW South Coast town of Kiama on January 3 after he was hit by the four-wheel-drive fitted with a bullbar.


His cousin, Farid Rawan, has become a lobbyist and is calling for a ban on bullbars on vehicles in NSW's urban areas. Mr Rawan, a Sydney computer engineer, launched an email petition yesterday urging people to support a ban on bullbars on urban vehicles. He said it was ridiculous for urban motorists to have bullbars.


"I'm sure in the country there's a big argument for them to prevent kangaroos coming through the windscreen," Mr Rawan said.


"I don't know how often that happens, but in the city there's just no reason to have a bullbar."


The Pedestrian Council of Australia has backed his campaign. Council chairman Harold Scruby said bullbars were a factor in up to 12 per cent of pedestrian deaths, but police and the Roads and Traffic Authority were not enforcing standards regarding unsafe bullbars.


Lake Illawarra police supervisor Sergeant Bryan Rugg said police were unlikely to press charges against the driver in Kiama.


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