New quad bike laws wel­comed by Pri­mary In­dus­tries

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

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.”

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