Glass

Auto glass such as windscreens and body glass used in Australia, whether it be original or replacement glass, must comply with the national standard cited as Australian Design Rule (ADR) 8/01- Safety Glazing Material 2005. 

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport is responsible for administrating this rule on behalf of the administrator of vehicle standards.

The function of this national standard is to specify the performance requirements of material used for external or internal glazing in vehicles to:

  • Ensure adequate visibility under normal operating conditions

  • Minimize obscuration when shattered

  • Reduce the likelihood of serious injury if a person comes in contact with any broken glazing material.

All material used for external and internal vehicle glazing must have properties at least equivalent to the requirements of one or more of the following standards.

  1. Australian and New Zealand Standard  - AS/NZS2080: 2006 ‘Safety Glass for Land Vehicles’.

  2. Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) R-43/00 ‘Uniform Provisions Concerning Approval Of Safety Glazing And Glazing Materials’ 

  3. British Standards Institution – BS AU178a: 1992 ‘Road Vehicle Safety Glass’.

  4. Japanese Industrial Standard – JIS R 3211: 1998 ‘Safety Glazing Materials for Road Vehicles’

  5. American National Standard – ANSI Z 26.1: 1996 ‘Safety Glazing Materials for Glazing Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment Operating on Land Highways - Safety Standard’. (U.S.A. Dept. Of Transport License)

How to tell if glass complies with these standards?

The secret is in the ‘compliance mark’, also be known as a bug, logo or glass monogram. Auto safety glass needs to have one to be legally compliant.

Note that AS/NZS 2080:2006 is only one of the approved standards that specified in Australian Design Rule 8/01. The following is an example of a glass using the AS/NZS 2080:2006 standard.

How to interpret a bug?


1. Glass type

Laminated ― a multilayered glass, Tempered ― a tempered glass

2. The expanded type of glass

I - strengthened windshield, II - standard multilayered windshield, III – worked-out multilayered windshield, IV – plastic glass, V - other (not windshield) glass with light transmission coefficient low than 70 %, V-VI - double glass with light transmission coefficient low 70 %, absence of index - glass light transmission coefficient not low than 70 %.

3. Countries have given an official confirmation of a code:

1-Germany, 2-France, 3-Italy, 4-Netherlands, 5-Sweden, 6-Belgium, 7-Hungary, 8-Czechia, 9-Spain, 10-Yugoslavia, 11-England, 12-Austria, 13-Luxembourg, 14-Switzerland, 16-Norway, 17-Finland, 18-Denmark, 19-Romania, 20-Poland, 21-Portugal, 22-Russia, 23-Greece, 24-Ireland, 25-Croatia, 26-Slovenia, 27-Slovakia, 28-Belarus, 29-Estonia, 31-Bosnia and Herzegovina, 32-Latvia, 37-Turkey, 42-EEC, 43-Japan.

4. Conformity with the American standards of safety M, AS, DOT.

5. Conformity with the European standard of safety ECE R43.

6. Number, month and year of manufacturing

the figure with points designates year, the sum of points to figure – month of manufacturing, the sum of points after figure – month of manufacturing + 6. In marking XINYI the top figure – year (9 => 2009), the sum of figures on the centre – month (1+2+8=11 => November), decimal number + the sum of remained figures below – the number of month (10+1+2+4=17)..

7. Conformity with the Chinese standard of safety CCC E000199/E000039.

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