Crash Rating Information

Bollards are a regular part of daily life, whether it's protecting pedestrians and buildings from vehicle traffic, guarding high-security locations or creating a boundary in a drive-through. These thick, sturdy posts come in a variety of sizes and finishes. Some are fixed, meaning they stay in the same position, while others are retractable, rising and lowering as needed.


Crash testing is used to measure the level of protection a bollard provides. There are multiple types of crash tests, with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), International Workshop Agreement (IWA) 14 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS 68) being the main three.


ATSM standards include F3016, F3016M and F2656-07. The F3016 standards test for low-speed (below 30 mph) impacts, while F2656-07 standards pertain to high-speed impacts. IWA 14 is an impact test standard laying out the method and means of measuring the performance outcome for impact-tested vehicle security barriers such as bollards. PAS 68 is commonly applied to bollards and vehicle security barriers used in the prevention of terrorism and crime. Perimeter security devices are tested and receive a rating based on the maximum vehicle weight, maximum speed and dispersion of debris in a collision. Our PAS 68-rated bollards received the M50 rating, which indicates that the bollard is able to stop a 15,000 lb. truck travelling at 50 mph with just 39" of total penetration (P1).


Our Crash Test-Rated Bollards:

Product ASTM F 2656-07 IWA 14-1:2013 PAS 68:2013

J355 F M30-P1 Crash Rated Fixed Traffic Bollard (Painted Steel)


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J355 F M30-P1 Crash Rated Fixed Traffic Bollard (Stainless Steel)


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J355 F M50 Crash Rated Fixed Security Bollard (Painted Steel)


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J355 F M50 Crash Rated Fixed Security Bollard (Stainless Steel)


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J355 HA M30-P1 Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Painted Steel)


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J355 HA M30-P1 Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Stainless Steel)


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J355 HA M30-P1 EFO Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Painted Steel)


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J355 HA M30-P1 EFO Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Stainless Steel)


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J355 HA M50 Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Painted Steel)


J355 HA M50 Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Stainless Steel)


J355 HA M50 EFO Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Painted Steel)


J355 HA M50 EFO Crash Rated Automatic Retractable Security Bollard (Stainless Steel)



What Is K Rating?



Our bollards also feature a K rating, which provides information on how a barrier device performed when tested in a collision with a 15,000-lb. vehicle traveling at various speeds. In order to receive a certain level of certification, a barrier must allow no more than 36" of penetration at the given speed.

K Rating:

K Rating Vehicle Weight Vehicle Speed
K4 15,000 lbs. 30 mph
K8 15,000 lbs. 40 mph
K12 15,000 lbs. 50 mph

If you have any additional questions about our bollards, crash test standards and ratings, or how to use and install bollards, contact us by email at Sales@FastGateOpeners.com or call (800) 878-7829 and one of our friendly sales team members will be glad to help you.

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