The Federal Government has announced that it will introduce a new safety standard in relation to quad bikes.
Assistant Treasurer, Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, announced that the new standard will aim to improve safety information available to consumers, reduce the frequency of rollovers and provide increased protection to operators in the event of a rollover to reduce the risk of serious crush injuries and deaths.
This announcement follows the ACCC Quad Bike Taskforce's recommendations for the adoption of a mandatory safety standard for all new quad bikes sold in Australia.
The Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 comes into effect on 11 October 2019 and expects to provide:
- Improved information for potential purchasers
- Enhanced quad bike stability
- Rollover protection to reduce injuries and deaths.
It requires that within 12 months, all new quad bikes will need to have information affixed to them about the degree of slope at which they will start to overturn.
Within 24 months, all new general use quad bikes will need to conform to minimum standards for stability on slopes.
In a disappointing move that has been argued against for nearly two years by industry groups and some manufacturers, the standard will also require that, within 24 months, all new general use quad bikes sold in Australia will need to have an operator protection device or rollover bar.
Following the ACCC Quad Bike Taskforce's investigation, we genuinely hope this measure will help to reduce the loss of life that has been seen but fear the roll over protection will not reduce serious injury or death.
Two manufacturers have threatened to stop selling quad bikes in Australia if these mandatory safety changes are implemented and we have been asking the Federal Government to focus on consumer education, enforcement of wearing helmets and educating quad bike users of the dangers of children riding an adult quad bike.
Contact your Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves, by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000 if you have any questions about the new safety standards.More information about the quad bike safety standard is available at the Product Safety Australia website, which you can access by clicking here.
Click here to read Assistant Treasurer, Hon. Michael Sukkar's media release.
Click here to read the ACCC's media release.