In 2020 fourteen people have been killed by quad bikes on Australian farms, nearly double the total of eight from last year.
Last month a 12-year-old boy tragically died after a quad bike crash north of Alice Springs. On average 15 people die while riding a quad bike each year and thousands more are injured.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) remarks that quad bikes are inherently unstable and have a high risk of rolling over. “Data from coronial reports, work health and safety and hospital data, show the majority of quad bike fatalities or injuries are due to crush injuries caused by the quad bike rolling over the rider or pinning them with enough force to cause asphyxiation,” a spokesperson from the ACCC said.
The ACCC has recently mandated the use of operator protective devices to all new quad bikes and directly imported second-hand quad bikes. The change will come into effect by 2021 to help protect riders. Operator protective devices work by preventing the weight of the quad bike resting on the rider, by holding it off the ground and creating a survival space. The ACCC hopes this mandatory enforcement will help save lives on Australian farms.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha and Polaris have said they will stop selling quad bikes in Australia when the regulation comes into force in October 2021. However, others have indicated they will work towards meeting the new safety standard as soon as possible.
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