Call to improve quad safety
Quad bike safety on farms has been thrust into the spotlight after a 17year-old boy was killed while riding at a property in Tenterden last Monday.
At least 10 people have died while using quad bikes this year, with more than 80 per cent of those deaths believed to have occurred on farms.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pushing on with plans to ask the Federal Government to make quad bike safety measures law.
This includes the introduction of a safety rating system, crush protection devices and mandatory minimum performance standards for all quad bikes sold in Australia.
It would also require the adoption of the US standard with an additional rollover warning label, and the introduction of a safety star rating system so safer vehicles get a higher rating.
An ACCC spokesman said a taskforce was conducting “a detailed safety investigation” and would make a recommendation to government in coming months. “The ACCC is saddened to hear about the recent tragic death of a 17-year-old boy in a quad bike accident, and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the spokesman said.
“Currently, there is no regulation or standards for quad bike design, and limited information is provided about the relative safety of each of the different models available.
“The taskforce is examining a range of possible measures to improve quad bike safety, such as safety information at the point of sale, mandatory requirements for design and construction and prohibiting unsafe design features to reduce the frequency of deaths and injuries.”
On average, 16 people are killed while riding a quad bike each year.
At least 124 people have died in quad bike accidents since 2011, with many suffocated when the 300kg quad rolled on them. Safe Farms WA executive officer Maree Gooch expressed sympathy to the family.