The ACCC has formed a taskforce to investigate and determine whether to recommend to the Assistant Treasurer that he make a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Since 2011, there have been 121 deaths associated with the use of quad bikes, also known as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and 13 deaths associated with side-by-side vehicles (SSVs). Deaths occur equally during workplace and recreational riding. Around 15 per cent of deaths involve children. Each day approximately six people present with an injury at an Emergency Department, of which two people are admitted to hospital with more serious injuries.
A safety standard for quad bikes could:
- require quad bikes to be tested in accordance with a national quad bike safety rating system
- prohibit unsafe design features or mandate requirements for design and construction
- prescribe the form and content of any warnings or instructions that need to accompany quad bikes at the point of sale, including the safety rating achieved by the quad bike.
A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released for a six-week public consultation period on 22 March 2018. The RIS includes the five policy options being considered, the ACCC's preliminary recommendation, as well as a series of questions for stakeholder consideration. Consultation closed on 4 May 2018.
Public submissions received have been published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions will be used to inform our final recommendation to the Minister.
Consultation on the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper closed on 15 December 2017. Public submissions received have been reviewed by the ACCC and published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions has been used to inform the development of the Consultation RIS.
The ACCC will provide the Assistant Treasurer with its final recommendation with options to improve quad bike safety once it has examined and critically analysed all of the information provided during the investigation.
The ACCC is a member of an Inter Departmental Committee (IDC) focused on the safety of quad bikes, which is led by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The primary role of the IDC is to investigate developing a safety star rating system, which may be implemented through a safety standard.
The IDC established a Technical Review Group (TRG) to inform the development of the safety star rating system.
The ACCC has drawn on the TRG for technical advice in the development of a draft recommendation.