Call to im­prove quad safety

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Cally Dupe

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.

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