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Quadbike Safety Policy (endorsed August 2017):

  1. AgForce adopts a position on quad-bike safety that encourages producers to:
    1. Wear a helmet
    2. Get training
    3. Have no kids under 16 on adult-sized quad bikes
    4. Not overload quad bikes
    5. Not double passengers on quad bikes
    6. AgForce does not support mandatory helmets and/or Crush Protection Devices (CPDs) and Operator Protection Devices (OPDs).
  2. AgForce supports a government rebate program to cover:
    1. Helmet purchase
    2. Installation and/or retrofitting of CPDs and OPDs
    3. Purchase of Side by Side Vehicles (SSV) or alternative vehicles

Issue

Background & Details

Despite significant monies being invested in preventative advertising campaigns by the Queensland Government, little return is evident to date, with safety statistics and anecdotal evidence showing there has been little uptake of preventative measures such as removing kids on adult-sized quad bikes and the wearing of helmets.

A new national product safety standard requiring manufacturers to produce new quad bikes with Rollover Protection from October 2021 was signed off by MP Michael Sukkar in October 2019. Whilst producers will not be required to fit CPD’s/OPD’s on their existing quads and will still be able to purchase second-hand quad bikes without CPD’s/OPD’s, from 2021 there will be no option to purchase new quad bikes without CPD’s/OPD’s.

There is a breadth of individual farm situations and situation-specific risk analyses that may impact a producer’s decision to wear a helmet or to use CPD’s/OPD’s. AgForce therefore does not support blanket mandatory helmet or CPD/OPD use. Instead, AgForce supports state initiatives that promote changes in producer behaviour including through incentives such as a rebate for:

  • the purchase of an alternate vehicle such as a SSV or a small utility vehicle (SUV)
  • the purchase of CPDs/OPDs for existing vehicles without them
  • the purchase of helmets
  • training

Such a scheme could improve safety and lower costs for producers should manufacturers pass on the cost of mandatory CPDs/OPDs to consumers.

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