New laws make safe riding the priority
Children under 8 banned and big fines for no helmets as laws start this week
QUAD bike riders who refuse to wear a motorcycle helmet while riding on or near public roads will now face a $365 fine and the loss of three demerit points.
The new laws, effective from February 1, also state if two or more helmet offences are committed in a 12-month period, the second and subsequent offences will incur double demerit points.
The laws also ban children aged under eight from being carried as passengers on a quad bike.
Children over eight who are unable to sit with their feet flat on the floor and hands on the handholds have also been banned from riding as passengers.
The laws will by enforced by the Queensland Police Service and no exemptions will be available.
Previously, riders could wear any helmet.
The laws were implemented following a 2015 coronial inquest into the deaths of nine people killed in quad bike accidents, including Zoe McInnes from the South Burnett.
Ms McInnes, 28, died in June 2013, four days after falling off a quad bike on her property at Durong.
Deputy State Coroner John Lock said her injuries could have been survivable if she had been wearing a helmet.
The inquest also examined the case of 51-year-old Geoffrey Grahame Moore who died in March 2012 when his quad bike hurtled into a fence at a feedlot he worked at near Dalby.
LAW OF THE LAND: The laws came into effect on February 1.