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Legal requirements regarding vehicle chairs and safety belts in fire engines

National Traffic Authority of the Netherlands (RDW)
Within the framework of the legislation concerning the “attachment of safety belts”, which came into effect on 1 October 1999, new vehicles must be presented to the RDW for inspection. They must be equipped with seats that have passed a tension and crash test, both regarding the strength of the chair and the attachment of the safety belts.

The RDW makes an important distinction in the certification requirements for vehicles. This distinction is based on the difference in the maximum permissible speed and it determines the strength requirements of safety components such as seats, safety belts and braking systems.

Category: N2 / N3
This concerns vehicles that have a weight over 3500 kg. A driving license for large vehicles is obligatory. Maximum speed: 80 km/hour Requirement: 10 G

Category: N1
This concerns vehicles with a weight that lies below 3500 kg. A standard B-license suffices for these vehicles. Maximum speed: 120 km/hour Requirement: 20 G (Caution: This is an increase of the force by a factor of 2)

Fire brigade applications
Since the fire brigade often uses its N2 / N3 vehicles as if it were an N1 vehicle, it is not unreasonable from a safety point of view to apply the requirements of an N1 vehicle.

C&C Products is the only manufacturer that can warrant these high inspection requirements. 20 G certification on the SCBA holders 20 G certification on seats and safety belts.

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