Quad bike com­mon sense

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency report -

I’VE re­ported on far too many un­nec­es­sary deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries from quad bike in­ci­dents over the years to not be a fan of manda­tory safety equip­ment, and fi­nally the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has moved on this is­sue, an­nounc­ing that crush pro­tec­tion is now manda­tory for all quad bikes.

Ex­ist­ing bikes won’t be sub­ject to the new rules which is a shame – if th­ese rules had been put in place years ago, most of the quads run­ning around now would be com­pli­ant.

In a sop to the pow­er­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers, the gov­ern­ment’s given them an in­cred­i­ble two years to en­sure all their prod­ucts com­ply with the new rules.

The feds are also ask­ing all state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments to look at in­creased safety mea­sures when it comes to the use of quads.

Too lit­tle, way, way too late, but at last we’re mov­ing on this one.

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