ACCC push to improve quad bike safety

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for “Crush Protection Devices” to be installed on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and quad bikes in a bid to solve growing safety issues.

But the push for the safety devices, such as roll bars, has been opposed by industry groups, the Sunshine Coast Daily has reported.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said around the country every year more than 16 deaths occurred due to quad bikes and approximately six people every day attended hospital emergency departments over related accidents.

“There have been far too many serious incidents involving quad bikes and ATVs over the years, something needs to be done to improve safety on these vehicles,” Mr Spalding said.

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“We’re sure industry and governments can work together to bring in safety improvements which will go a long way towards saving lives.

“We also need to make sure riders are well educated about using ATVs safely and their limitations.

“Safety solutions should be evidenced-based and practical, these vehicles are often workhorses so it’s important we keep riders safe and the ATVs functional.”

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has proposed mandating helmets for all ATV riders, banning children aged under 16 from riding adult ATVs, and banning passengers from riding single-seat ATVs.

The Chamber has also encouraged training so riders are more aware of safe practice, correct riding techniques and avoiding risky situations.