New quad bike safety taskforce

Published: 
24 Oct 2017

The ACCC has formed a taskforce to consider options for improving quad bike vehicle safety under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

On 24 October 2017, the Ministers for Employment and Small Business issued a joint media release announcing the investigation, Quad bike safety taskforce.

The ACCC will consider whether to recommend a safety standard for quad bikes that may:

  • introduce a national quad bike safety rating system; and/or
  • prohibit unsafe design features or mandate requirements for design; and/or
  • require warnings or instructions to be provided at the point of sale.

The project is being conducted under the auspices of a Quad Bike Interdepartmental Committee involving Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies.

The ACCC intends to:

  • release an Issues Paper in mid November 2017 for public consultation;
  • release a Draft Recommendation in early 2018 for consultation; and
  • provide its Final Recommendation to Minister McCormack by mid 2018.

Updates on the project will be provided on this website.

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to:

Director
ACCC Quad Bike Taskforce
23 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone (02) 6243 4930
Email: QBtaskforce@accc.gov.au

Quad bike safety steps

Follow these safety steps when using quad bikes to help you and your loved ones stay safe.

Prepare safe

  • Ensure you are properly trained before you ride a quad bike.
  • Maintain the bike so it is in safe condition.
  • Read the operator manual and observe the manufacturer's safety warnings and recommended use of the vehicle.
  • Before you leave for a quad bike ride, always tell someone where you plan to go and when you expect to return.

Wear safe

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Wear protective clothing and gear such as goggles, long sleeves, long pants, boots and gloves/hand protection.

Ride safe

  • Never let children ride quad bikes that are meant for adults – even as passengers.
  • Do not carry any passengers on quad bikes that are meant for one person.
  • Quad bikes are not all-terrain vehicles so they cannot go safely on all types of terrain. Avoid riding on rough terrain or steep slopes.
  • Ride on familiar tracks and beware of obstacles.
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times near any quad bike activity.
  • Always carry a mobile phone or radio device so you can contact for help in case of an emergency.

Watch our video Quad bike safety: would you risk it? to see some of the potential dangers quad bikes can pose.

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