New quad bike laws welcomed by Primary Industries
QUEENSLAND’S new quad bike laws making it illegal for children under eight to be carried as passengers have been heralded as a positive step towards enhanced on-farm safety by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership.
The laws, which came into effect on February 1, also prohibit children under eight travelling as passengers in utility off-road vehicles that are used on any road.
The legislation requires all Queensland quad bike and utility off-road operators and passengers wear a motorbike helmet.
Failing to comply could mean the loss of licence points or a fine of $365.
PIHSP advisory chair Patrick Murphy said the move was a welcome one.
“The incidence of loss of life and minor to serious injury as a result of quad bike use on farms is all too common,” he said.
“Any steps to ensure the safety of the people ... in the agricultural sector who rely on the use of quad bikes are positive, especially when it comes to the younger generation.
“From 2011 to 2015 there were 97 quad bike fatalities in Australia and eight of those were children under 10 years old.”