Quad bike safety investigation on the way

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

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A taskforce has been established by the ACCC so that an investigation into quad bike safety can be carried out.

The taskforce will also consider the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes.

From 2011–2016, there were 104 quad bike fatalities in Australia, with almost 11% of these being children. Almost one-third were adults aged 60 years and over.

Over half of all the fatalities were the result of a rollover, and 69 fatalities occurred on a farm or property. Of the 104 fatalities, at least 66 were due to unstable or uneven terrain, for example an incline, ditch, embankment, sand, mud.

Recent coronial reports into the death of quad bike users recommended governments work together to develop a consumer safety quad bike rating system.

Visit the website to get involved and make a submission. The consultation closes on 15 December 2017 and enquiries can be directed to qbtaskforce@accc.gov.au.

To find out more about quad bike safety, visit the Safe Work Australia website or contact your local WHS regulator for information specific to your area.

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