The debate as to whether or not crush protection should be added to quad bikes continues, with the ACCC earlier this month proposing their introduction of added protection to quad bikes.
The ACCC’s Deputy Commissioner Mick Keogh has refuted claims made by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) saying there was no evidence introducing crush protection devices would make quad bikes less safe. As a result, the ACCC is proposing major changes to improve safety including the introduction of crush and roll over protection.
Mr Keogh expressed concern that there remain issues in relation to the enforcement of personal protective equipment such as helmets saying, “It is really difficult to police safety equipment and helmets in an off-road environment.”
The MTA will continue to advocate its position that fitment of crush protection devices and design changes are not the best way forward and that increased rider training and personal protection equipment should still be on the agenda. The first port of call for any person looking to stay safe on a quadbike should be their dealer who will provide them with the protection they require and point them in the right direction in regards to training in the use of their quadbike.If members have any feedback on the ongoing issue of crush protection devices on quadbikes, contact Industry Engagement Specialist Nathan Groves by clicking here.