De­cline in quad bike-re­lated deaths

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

HALF the num­ber of peo­ple are be­ing killed on quad bikes com­pared to a decade ago.

In 2011, the an­nual death toll reached 20, hov­er­ing at that level un­til 2015.

But for the past three years, the toll has dropped to 10–11 peo­ple a year, on the back of grow­ing aware­ness of the dan­ger and in­sta­bil­ity of quad bikes.

While the ul­ti­mate goal is no deaths, one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing quad bike re­searchers, Pro­fes­sor Raphael Grze­bi­eta, said the toll had been driven down in the wake of three coro­nial in­quiries, ma­jor safety cam­paigns and me­dia at­ten­tion.

“Ev­ery­one’s been pretty vo­cal on it – get­ting them (quad bike rid­ers) to fit roll bars and wear hel­mets,” Prof Grze­bi­eta said.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion has pro­posed ma­jor changes to im­prove the safety of quad bikes, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a safety rat­ing sys­tem, crush pro­tec­tion de­vices and manda­tory min­i­mum per­for­mance stan­dards.

The ACCC is due to re­lease its fi­nal re­port within the next two months.

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