ACCC new quad bike proposals
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.
Tragically, quad bike accidents result in an average of 16 deaths in Australia each year.
They also result in approximately six people a day attending a hospital emergency department and two of these requiring hospitalisation for serious injuries.
To help reduce the deaths and injuries associated with quad bikes, the ACCC is proposing a mandatory safety standard that:
■ Adopts the US Standard and requires an additional rollover warning label.
■ Introduces a safety star rating system so safer vehicles get a higher rating.
■ Requires manufacturers to integrate an operator protection device, such as a crush protection device or rollover protection device in the design of new quad bikes.
■ Imposes minimum performance tests for dynamic handling, stability and mechanical suspension and requires that all wheels be able to rotate at different speeds.
“The ACCC believes a mandatory safety standard incorporating all of these elements is the best option to save lives and make quad bikes safer for everyone. We invite the public and stakeholders to have their say on this important safety proposal,” ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh said.
“The ACCC has considered a range of evidence and views in making this draft recommendation. We have consulted with industry representatives, quad bike manufacturers and retailers, farmers, consumers, academics, hospitals, health professionals, tourism operators, among many others.”