A Guide to PAS 69 Bollards

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PAS 69 is a British Standard for selecting, using and installing vehicle security barrier (VSB) systems, including bollards.

Published in 2013, PAS 69 provides guidance for businesses, architects and designers who plan to install hostile vehicle mitigation products. It distinguishes between various security bollards and barriers and explains what types of vehicle-borne impacts they can withstand. It also discusses how they should be properly installed and used to provide maximum protection.

PAS 69 is the sister publication of PAS 68, which provides impact test specifications for the bollards themselves. As such, there is no such thing as “PAS 69 bollards”. Rather, the PAS 69 standard guides professionals on selecting and using the correct PAS rated bollards for their premises.

Related FAQs

1) What does PAS stand for in PAS 69?

PAS stands for Publicly Available Specification. It is a term used by the British Standards Institution (BSI), the national standards body of the United Kingdom.

A PAS is a type of standardisation document that dictates best industry practice. Each PAS defines the technical and performance requirements for a particular product, process or service, ensuring that they meet specific quality, safety and environmental requirements.

PAS 69:2013 is the standard that provides advice on selecting, using and installing vehicle safety barrier (VSB) systems, including security bollards.

2) Who is PAS 69 for?

PAS 69 was created to help organisations and individuals to select, install and use security bollards and barriers. It may be useful to anyone considering installing a VSB system to reduce the potential threat of a vehicle-borne attack. This may include security professionals, designers, planners and architects working in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Local authorities (councils)
  • Commercial and residential projects
  • Airports
  • Schools
  • Event venues
  • Warehouses

PAS 69 relates specifically to hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) products used as part of a holistic security system. It explains the key differences in the design, structure and intended usage of various crash-rated bollards and barriers, allowing you to make an informed choice. It also offers guidance on how these products should be correctly installed.

3) What is the difference between PAS 69 and PAS 68?

PAS 68 / 69 are both British Standards pertaining to vehicle safety barrier systems. However, they serve different purposes.

PAS 68 provides a range of specifications for testing and classifying a bollard or barrier’s impact tolerance. It is designed to help bollard manufacturers tensure their products meet high standards of quality.

If a bollard is PAS 68 rated, this means it has undergone rigorous crash testing according to strict criteria. Its rating reveals the vehicle category, weight, speed and angle of impact that it was tested for. There are a huge variety of PAS 68 bollards available, including automatic bollards, manual telescopic bollards and fixed models.

PAS 69, on the other hand, describes best practice for the process of selecting, using and installing VSB systems. For this reason, there is no such thing as “PAS 69 bollards” or “PAS 69 barriers”.

4) Where can I find a PAS 69 standard PDF?

The most up-to-date version of the PAS 69 standard, published in 2013, is available to purchase from the BSI website here. You can either download it as a digital PDF or order a physical copy. As of January 2023, both digital and hard copies cost £58.00.

Alternatively, the team at MACs Bollards can help you choose the correct security bollards for your home or business premises. Our experienced advisers will be happy to recommend the right security system according to PAS 69 guidelines.

Why Choose MACs Bollards?

At MACs Bollards, we understand the importance of protecting your property or premises from vehicle-borne attacks. That’s why we supply only the highest quality IWA and PAS bollards and barrier systems that comply with strict industry standards.

Our range includes a variety of automatic, semi-automatic and fixed bollards built to PAS 68 and IWA 14 specifications. Our team of experts will work with your requirements from beginning to end and offer excellent technical support and aftercare. To find out more, contact MACs Bollards today.

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