ACCC to investigate quad bike safety

Don Gribble 6 November 2017 NEWS

Farmer on quad bike

Quad bike accidents responsible for 106 fatalities since 2011.

With 106 fatalities in Australia since 2011 linked to quad bike accidents, the Federal Government has announced an investigation into quad bike safety.

According to SafeWork Australia statistics, more than half of the fatalities in that period occurred on uneven ground and half were the result of rollovers and none of the vehicles involved had any form of rollover protection.

The investigation will be conducted by a taskforce led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and comprised of the Department of Employment, SafeWork NSW, WorkSafe Victoria and WorkSafe Tasmania.

The taskforce will look at ways of improving quad bike safety, including the possible introduction of a quad bike product safety standard. This standard could include educational materials and labelling for bikes based on their power, weight and rollover risk.

The Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack recently announced the investigation, calling for close cooperation between Governments to address the problem as an urgent priority.

They acknowledged that quad bikes are important work and recreational vehicles for those living in rural and regional areas and that all points of view would be considered before any changes were implemented.

The Government is calling on all interested parties to make submissions to the ACCC which, after conducting its investigation and consulting with stakeholders, will announce its findings and make a recommendation to Government by the middle of next year. The research and any recommendations will also contribute to considerations of a wider safety rating system.

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