Decline in quad bike-related deaths
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.