1. General 

Operating time 

24 h / 365 days  Usual halt of traffic between 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. and after 5 p.m.  8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (daily) 

Extensions possible (closed on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) 

24 h  5 days/week. Overtime during weekends, when needed.  24h / 365 days  24h during season 
“Official“ languages   German, English  French, English   Dutch, German, English  English, Swedish  Dutch, German, English  English,Swedish, 

(German) 

 

Vehicles allowed 

Passenger cars, commercial vehicles  Automotive vehicles meant for use on public roads 

 

Passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes,  trailers and busses  Passenger cars, commercial vehicles ( Trucks, Buses )  Passenger cars, commercial vehicles  Passenger cars, 

Commercial vehicles 

 

Explicit reference to regulations 

Road Traffic Regulations, instruction and security manual 

Recommendations regarding working hours 

Road Traffic Regulations, instruction and security manual 

 

Road Traffic Regulations 

No driving without attendance 

Law of 1994 (Wegenverkeerswet) 

Road Traffic Regulations, Hallered instruction and security manual. 

Recommendations regarding working hours 

Road Traffic Regulations, track & safety regulations.  Road traffic 

Regulations,track & 

Safety regulations. 

Alcohol  Strict alcohol prohibition, carrying of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, 

no alcohol tests 

 

 

Prohibition of alcohol  

Spot checks by management 

Strictly forbidden 

In cases of special events  (e.g. introduction of new vehicles) alcoholic beverages allowed but no driving under influence permitted 

If alcohol related accidents, client is responsible 

Strict alcohol prohibition, carrying of alcoholic beverages is  prohibited. 

Alcohol tests 2005 

Drug tests on all new employees 

Alcohol is not permitted on the proving ground site or in any company owned vehicles 

Checks according to procedure can be carried out by the Ford Medical Department 

 

According to Swedish law. 
Smoking  Only in buildings (danger of moor fires)  Only in workshops  

Completely forbidden in 2005 

Only outdoor smoking  No outdoor smoking permitted. Only in buildings, marked places.  Smoking is only allowed in restricted areas and in cars, not while driving or  performing tests that do not require a helmet. New legislation due by 2006.  Out door smoking except for smoking at the fuel station. 

2. Information security 

 

Image recording  Image recording is prohibited, carrying of image-recording devices is prohibited 

Photo permit may be granted (photograph must wear a special vest for identifying purposes, accompanied by plant security force, information to all users of the premises) 

Mobile phones must be shown at the entrance, where necessary exchange for a phone without recording devices (available from security) 

Image recording is prohibited except if authorization from CERAM management is granted  The use of cameras is forbidden without any prior permission of Safety Coordinator (SC) 

 

Image recording is prohibited, carrying of image-recording devices is prohibited. 

Photo permit can be issued. 

Cellphone with camera is not allowed 

Image recording is prohibited, carrying of image-recording devices is prohibited. 

Photo permit may be granted by the proving ground manager. Non-FMC photographers have to be accompanied by LPG personnel all the time. 

All image recording devices (including cellular phones with this capability) are prohibited. 

Image recording is prohibited, carrying of image-recording devices is prohibited. 

Photo permit may be granted by the proving ground manager. 

Personnel will be 

Accompanied during shouting. 

All image recording devices (including cellular phones with this capability) are prohibited. 

Confidentiality agreements  Person and team-related  Person and team-related  The release of confidential information is forbidden 

Instruction form must be signed by all personnel 

Clients must sign security instruction form  

Agreement for each person.  Standard confidentiality statement, but can be adapted to meet specific needs.  Agreement for each person. 
Protection of prototypes  Within tester’s personal responsibility, if required alarm via radio. 

Driving at night recommended. 

Exclusive use of tracks is possible. 

Within tester’s personal responsibility.  Only evening testing 

In order to do exclusive prototype testing at daytime, prior information to safety coordinator has to be given 

When early prototypes are on tracks, special arrangement with Security guard.  

High secrecy vehicles are not permitted on tracks during initiation of secrecy phase by turning on red lights (Traffic Control) 

In doubt, contact Traffic Control 

Centrally managed guidelines for Ford vehicles and their users.  

For non-Ford PG users within their own responsibility. 

Within tester’s personal responsibility 

Exclusive use of tracks is possible. 

Video monitoring (traffic supervision, protection of premises)  Currently not applicable  Test tracks are monitored by a qualified ‘Road Rescue’ operative during opening hours  Video monitoring at gate and entrance to test track (without  recording function)    Camera’s used to monitor specific critical points on the tracks for safety reasons.  

Perimeter fence detection & camera system. 

Video monitoring at gate and entrance to 

The Proving ground 

 

3. Organizational safety regulations 

 

Access requirements  Valid driver’s license 

Security instructions: 

Complete instruction (valid for max. 1 year)
Short instruction (only accompanied driving) 

Route booking (registration and confirmation), confidentiality agreement 

Valid driver’s license 

Physical fitness 

A badge for entering test track 

Occasional Users: An acknowledgement certifying that driver has been informed about the Center’s safety rules must be signed 

(withdrawal of authorization when Circuit has not been used for two years) 

Subscriber Users: An update list of employees authorized  to use test tracks and signed acknowledgement certifying that safety rules are known must be submitted to test track manager 

At least one person in the vehicle must speak English or French 

Valid driver’s license (for vehicle)  

Copy of regular driver’s license 

User must sign form with security instructions 

Collecting information from SC about current conditions before testing activities 

Valid driver’s license (for current test vehicle and for Hällered) 

Valid ID or passport 

Permit from Traffic Control  

Good physical condition 

Daily safety information and identification tag for test vehicles are to be collected. 

Risk assesment for new test procedures 

 

Driver must have a valid LPG driving permit (of a level of accordance to the test to be executed: normal test up to 160 km/h through legal driving permit and safety introduction LPG (level 1), normal test without speed restrictions through LPG driving permit level 1 and passing an accepted high speed course successfully or extreme maneuvers through LPG driving permit level 2 and passing an accepted limit handling course successfully)  

The right to access is temporary, with a maximum of one year.  

 

Valid driver’s license (for vehicle)  

A badge for entering test track 

Information regarding 

Security instructions 

and regulations. 

Guided tour around all the tracks. 

Mixed operation 

Yes, passenger cars and commercial vehicles  Yes, passenger cars and commercial vehicles  Yes, passenger cars, HGV  

Single use possible if desired 

Yes, passenger cars and commercial vehicles  Yes, passenger cars and commercial vehicles  Yes, passenger cars and commercial vehicles 

Maximum number of vehicles 

Defined per module, situation-related adjustment by dispatcher  It depends on the track and the test (1 to 20 vehicles)   12  (4 per track) or decision of SC  Yes. Defined per module, situation-related.  Depends on the tracks used. Adjusted by Test Drivers Dept. if required to ensure the safety of testing.  No maximum limit. 
Other general regulations  No cellular phone use while driving 

Out-of-car persons must wear Day-Glo clothing at all times 

Only vehicles insured against damages to third parties 

 

Only vehicles in good condition and insured against damages to third parties 

Vehicle must conform to the noise standards set by the Government Vehicle Testing Department (unless special permission) 

In absence of the SC or his deputy the track is not to be used    No usage of cellular phone while driving 

Maximum speed inside buildings is 5 km/h, the exhaust system must be hooked up if the engine is used  

Vehicles equipped with an orange flashing light on the roof or an V sign in the front shield may not be impeded with the execution of their tests under any normal circumstances 

 

 

4. Traffic Safety 

 

Traffic guidance 

By dispatcher via radio 

Radio set obligatory 

Access controlled by red light (test tracks closed) and green light (test tracks open) 

By test track supervisor via radio 

SC (and/or his deputy) via radio 

Selective calling of single vehicles 

Testing activities recorded via computer (for later information) 

Traffic Control. Communicationradio obligatory. Id-tag for vehicle  No real traffic guidance, but some control can be exerted by the Test Driver Dept. 

Radio in car is obligatory. 

 
Minimum equipment test vehicle  Radio set, fire extinguisher (if properly fixable), warning vest 

Helmet and additional equipment (e.g. roll-over bar) recommended for corresponding tests  

Walky-talky for radio communications  Radio set 

For high speed testing helmet and motor jacket obligation 

Radio 

Additional equipment (e.g. roll-over bar) recommended for corresponding tests 

Radio set, fire extinguisher. 

Helmet and additional equipment (e.g. roll-over bar) recommended for corresponding tests. 

Cell phone to contact 

duty personnel 

Fixing of measurement equipment  Within tester’s personal responsibility. No regulations, no inspection  Within tester’s personal responsibility. No regulations, no inspection  Within tester’s personal responsibility 

In case of doubts, contact SC 

SC can interrupt testing if necessary, no inspection 

No loose equipment in vehicles. 

Within tester’s personal responsibility. 

For Ford vehicle testing this is the responsibility of the workshop leading hands. Other PG users have a personal responsibility, but no inspection.  Within tester’s personal responsibility. No regulations, no inspection 
General driving rules  Road Traffic Regulations applicable, belting obligation for all passengers,  headlights compulsory, on premises vmax = 30km/h, strict ban on passing (not at high speed oval), route-specific exceptions (speed, passing), pulling over only in certain places  Dipped headlights must be used on the tracks at all times, belting obligation for all passengers  Dimmed or main headlights compulsory, belting obligatory 

Maximum speed for trucks on the ABS track is 70km/h, for a bus 80km/h and for a passenger car 120km/h 

On premises 50 Km/h max 

Low beam headlights mandatory 

Accordance with the Highway Code 

Overtaking on one-way tracks on the left-hand side 

Safety belts mandatory (possible exceptions for trucks) 

Depth of tread not less than 3mm  

Maximum speed on parking areas is 30km/h and on access roads 50km/h 

Official Belgian Traffic rules 

Belting mandatory 

Maximum speed on premises is 30km/h and on connection roads to two-way traffic 90m/h 

No entrances are to be blocked by vehicles 

Maintenance vehicles with orange flashing lights to warn other traffic are not privileged priority over other traffic  

Low beam headlights mandatory 

Overtaking on one-way tracks on the left-hand side 

Safety belts mandatory 

Access roads 50km/h 

Not allowed to stop on the circular track except on the lay bay. 

High speed track regulations  Track 1 vmin [Symbool] 150km/h (target), no vmax, no right-side passing, pulling over only on shoulders, brake tests only on track 3, in bends track 4  Overtaking on the right, full headlight must be switched on when exceeding 160 km/h, over-inflation of tires when driving at high speed is advised, specific corridor for braking tests (dynamic area)  SC or his deputy must be present at the ABS track  

Supervision of SC if high speed 

 

High-speed vehicles must be indicated with red tape on the external rear-view mirrors and turn on yellow spotlights on the front bumper at high speed 

Depth of tread not less than 4 mm 

Trucks are not allowed to use lane 3 and 4 without permission from Traffic Control 

Lane 1:        0-120 km/h 

Lane 2:      20-130 km/h 

Lane 3:    100-170 km/h 

Lane 4: above 160 km/h 

Braking tests can only be done in lane 1 

Lane 0: slow traffic to max. 70km/h. Lane 1: 70< v < 120km/h. 

Lane 2: 120< v < 160 km/h. lane 3: 160 < v < 220 km/h. 

No right side overtaking. Stopping only allowed on straight parts of lane 0. 

No high speed track on the Proving Ground. 

High speed can be carried out on a run way. 

Bad weather  On principle personal responsibility of the driver, in addition alarm via radio, where applicable speed restriction or closing of routes  On principle personal responsibility. If too bad, speed limits or even closing.  Less vehicles on test tracks 

In case of fog no testing activities, as well in case of snow and ice 

The driver is responsible to finish off the test drive if it is considered being too risky  In principle personal responsibility of the driver (if non-Ford), but controlled by the Test Driver Dept., where applicable speed restriction or closing of routes.  The driver is responsible to finish off the test drive if it is considered being too risky. Track personnel can close the track. 
Vehicles for brake tests  Red flashing light, during tests also hazard-warning lights  Vehicles must be indicated by a sign (‘Freinage’) 

Emergency lights must be switched on 

Hazard-warning lights (always) 

 

Vehicles must be clearly marked and/or bear warning lights, hazard lights need to be turned on after stop 

Track light signals flashing on main track to warn others 

Vehicle equipped with red beacon 

 Right hand side indicator or hazard warning lights during tests.   
Dangerous tests  Registration with dispatcher, if necessary attendance of rescue team  Wearing of helmets is strongly recommended for risky tests  Lane change registration via SC and warning of other users 

For barrier testing all tracks closed 

Registration with Traffic Controller, if necessary attendance of rescue team.  Helmet mandatory if tests are risky or at high speed 

Vehicles equipped with a green flashing light on the roof perform an extreme manoeuver 

 
Behavior when leaving the vehicle  Avoid if possible 

Wearing of warning vest compulsory 

No rules  Avoid if possible 

Information of SC 

Hazard-warning lights activated, parking on/next to grass 

Avoid if possible. Inform Traffic Controller. ( TC )  Prohibited on test tracks unless for emergency situation.  Remain at safe location (if possible behind safety guard rails).  Hazard light on and inform track personnel. 
Penalty for violations  Admonition, debarment from the premises, where applicable information to superior  Temporary or permanent withdrawal of authorization to drive on test tracks  Radio contact by SC, afterwards interlocution with SC 

In case of heavy violations, note of manager 

 

First oral warning / written warning. 

Second recalled driving license ( HPG ) 

Sanctions can be applied against LPG personal 

For LPG visitors these sanctions can be a temporary or permanent refusal to enter the test facilities  

First oral warning / written warning. 

 

Miscellaneous  Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. drivers are regularly addressed by the dispatcher   Between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m. drivers are regularly addressed by the dispatcher  Information about speed change in connection with lane changes to SC (computer recordal) 

 

  Test vehicles must be parked on designated areas and the doors should not be locked 

 

 

 

5. Breakdowns and accidents 

 

Accidents 

Notification via radio or phone to dispatcher, immediate interruption of traffic will be induced by warning message via radio (emergency vehicles cruise the routes; currently no coverage of potential test traffic)  Informing the test track supervisor by radio, audible coded signal is emitted to stop the driving on the circuit where the accident has taken place (on high speed track, red light and accident sign are activated), access to circuit closed, rescue vehicle to place of accident  Notification via radio to SC, halt of all traffic, alarm signal through alarm button on phone 

All accidents are noted down (also those on premises) 

Alerting Traffic Control via radio, telephone or with the aid of another person, hazard lights must be turned on and warning triangle must be placed at a distance of at least 150 m 

 

Immediate first aid actions, reporting the accident as soon as possible via telephone, radio or emergency buttons 

 

Contacting test track personal via phone or aid from other person. 

Hazard lights turned on. 

Accident with injured person has to be reported to the Swedish authority. 

Equipment rescue team  Ambulance vehicle, fire-fighting vehicle, Safety Car (RIV) 

Team 1/8 

Fully equipped vehicle  Emergency vehicle with fire-extinguisher, security equipment, oil-binder, first-aid bag 

AED (Automatic External Defilibrator) 

Fire-fighting vehicle. 

Ambulance. 

Safety Cars 

Emergency rescue vehicle (hydraulic equipment and hand held fire fighting equipment) and fire fighting vehicle (1200 liter foam).   
Qualification rescue team  According to the fire protection law or, respectively, the rescue service law of Lower Saxony  Employees operating the Center with Road Rescue training   8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. during weekdays (presence of SC with fire-man qualities and a minimal volunteer staff of four) 

 

Weekends and evenings (SC and external forces) 

Internal emergency services organization, trained by Fire brigade. 

Rescue-training every year  

Proving ground rescue team, fire and medical department  Rescue-trained  

Personal trained by 

fire brigade 

Maximum time until arrival of qualified aid (internal/external)  Internal rescue team after a maximum of four minutes, external rescue forces approx. 15 minutes (auxiliary fire brigade, emergency physician, rescue service)  External rescue forces: Fire brigade from Senlis (approx. 16 km or 20 minutes)  Internal three minutes 

External 15 to 20 minutes 

Internal:  3 min 

External: 20 min 

Internal first aid to be expected at the scene of accident after maximum of few minutes.  Internal rescue team to be expected after maximum of 5 minutes.  External Medical Urgency Team to be expected after maximum of 8 minutes.  External Fire Department to be expected after maximum of 15 minutes.   Internal 5 min 

External 30 min 

Nearest hospital (distance, time)  In Papenburg,
approx. 11 km or 15 minutes 
Senlis, 10 kms or 10 minutes  Lelystad, 

approx. 15 to 20 minutes 

In Borås 

22 km or 20 min 

In Lommel, approx. 5 km or 5 minutes.  Älvsbyn 45 km 30 min 

Luleå 110 km  70 min 

Vehicle recovery  Through dispatcher by plant security force (recovery vehicle) or external company 

Secure vehicle with hazard-warning lights. 

Repair trial (up to a maximum of 15 minutes) admissible in safe places  

Test track manager directs the operations aimed at freeing the vehicle 

Fire brigade from Senlis (if necessary) 

Through dispatcher by plant security force (recovery vehicle) or external company 

Hazard-warning lights activated 

External force to clean tracks (if necessary) 

If vehicles involved do not represent an obvious danger, let them remain  until Volvo Crash Investigation Team has been informed 

If vehicles must be moved, the position after the accident must be marked and photographed 

On PG by Test Driver Dept. On public roads by external service.  Test track manager directs the operations aimed at freeing the vehicle 

 

 

6. Safety equipment tracks 

 

Road marking 

According to Road Traffic Regulations, white, “thin“, without rumble strips, non-reflecting  According to Road Traffic Regulation with reflection  Non-reflecting, maximum speed painted on ground of tracks/lanes 

Information about “neutral” on ground at 120Km 

According to Road Traffic Regulations. 

White thin strips with reflecting. 

On highspeed track with “camflex” (not in the curves) 

Similar to public road markings, also rumble strips for increased safety.  (The tracks are covered with snow) 
Guardrails  Normally single, in banked curves double, in the handling course partly triple. Due to ditches very generous guard railing.  Single, except one curve with double  Normally single (with spaces for vehicles to pass in cases of construction works, maintenance etc), banked curves double 

Concrete barrier next to ABS track (left) 

Highspeed track : Normally single or vire rails. 

Handling area : Double guardrails against Highspeed track 

Normally single safety guardrails   

Double safety rails on the high speed oval. 

Circular track partly single rails 
Security shoulders, gravel bedding, tire piles  Security shoulders normally in the form of made-up gravel strips, no deep gravel bedding. Handling course with graveled braking zone with a breadth of 10 meters, guardrails secured with tire-piles. In parts tire piles in braking zone of the driving dynamics area.  Only tire piles in front of guardrails  Minimum width of 10 meters, next to ABS right gravel bedding and barriers  Handlingtrack : 20-25 m safety zone and  in some dangerus parts of the track run off areas with “Leca-stones” and/or tire piles.  Gravel (argex) bedding and tire walls on track 7 (handling track). Tire wall against concrete wall on VDA.  (During winter snow walls) 
Street lighting  Only building area  Only building area  Around the premises and test tracks  Only building area  Only around the main building area.  Workshop area, my-split and ice track area. 

Sign-Posting 

According to Road Traffic Regulations, no variable traffic signs, no permanent sign posting for durability tests  According to Road Traffic Regulations, no variable traffic signs  According to Road Traffic Regulations  According to Road Traffic Regulations.  

One information signboard 

According to Road Traffic Regulations. Barriers used to guide traffic in one specific direction (can vary daily). Specific signs used for Ford testing.  According to Road Traffic Regulations