Fire tests of vehicles

RISE performs a large number of tests on a variety of different vehicle components every year. Our testing facilities offer great opportunities for the customers to get custom designed tests and evaluations of their products with efficiency and accuracy. We performe tests on components as well as whole vehicles.

Engine components such as fuel hoses and fuel filters can be tested according to manufacurers own requirements, ISO standards and E/ECE standards. We perform fuel tank tests according to EEC Directive 70/221/EEC annex 1, clause 6.3.5, including amendment Directive 2006/20/EC and also tests of extinguishing systems for cars according to FIA standards.  


The European legislation through UNECE has adopted parts of SP Method 4912 in Regulation No. 107 Annex 13. We provide a Technical Service for the Swedish Transport Agency (sv. Transportstyrelsen). That means that we perform fire tests for the Swedish Transport Agency that in their role as Type Approval Authority can issue approvals for e.g. suppression systems according to Regulation No. 107 based on the results of the tests performed at our facilities.

The regulation states that installation and testing of fire suppression systems will be mandatory in engine compartments of all single-deck, double-deck, rigid or articulated vehicle of category M2 or M3 and specifically vehicles having a capacity exceeding 22 passengers.

For Class III vehicles (seated passengers i.e. coaches) it will become compulsory July 2018 for new types of vehicles and July 2019 for all existing types.

For Class I and II vehicles (e.g. city buses allowing standing passengers) it will become compulsory September 2020 (new types) and 2021 (all). The regulation also requires risk analysis to be performed before installing a system in an engine compartment.


Some of our testing methods

FAR 25.853, Airworhiness Standard: Transport Category Airplanes
CEN/TS 45545-2 Fire safety - trains
ISO 3795, Burning rate road vehicles
VOLVO STD 5031,1, Flammability, interior materials
VOLVO STD 1027,5158, Ignitability, afterglow
UIC 564-2 Fire safety of trains
Testing of fuel tanks ECE Regulation 34
UNECE Regulation No. 107 Annex 13
SP Metod 4912, Fire suppression
SP Method 5320, Fire detection

Fires in vehicles

Attention is being paid to fires in vehicles as a result of accidents all over Europe. The choice and fitting of interior materials affects the fire safety of private cars, buses and coaches. Read more...

Related Information


Information about SS-ISO 3795


See also

Movie about testing of fuel tanks

Contact Persons

Anna Bergstrand

Phone: +46 10 516 58 54

Fuel tanks
Magnus Bobert

Phone: +46 10 516 51 90

Henry Persson

Phone: +46 10 516 51 98

UNECE Reg. 107, suppression
Alen Rakovic

Phone: +46 10 516 51 37

Fire detection
Ola Willstrand

Phone: +46 10 516 54 50

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Phone 010-516 50 00, E-mail

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