Plea for quad-bike safety on farms
Victoria’s peak farming group is imploring farmers to use extreme care when using quad bikes.
Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had found quad bikes caused an average of six emergency-department visits a day in Australia.
“That is an absolutely shocking statistic. Deaths from quad-bike accidents make the news, but what we don’t know about is the huge number of people, many children, being rushed to hospital every day as a result of quad-bike-related injuries,” he said.
“I am appealing to all farmers to review their quad-bike use. Please only allow adults with helmets and proper training to use quad bikes installed with OPDS. Never allow children to ride on or drive quad bikes. If you’re ready to remove the risk of quad-bike accidents entirely, you can transition to using a safer farm vehicle.
“There are only five weeks left for Victorian farmers to take advantage of a Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme.”
Farmers wishing to apply for the $1200 rebate should call the VFF on 1300 882 833 or visit website www.vff.org.au/quadbike before the rebate scheme closes on September 30.