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SAFETY RISKS: More than people have been killed in Australia in quad bike accidents since 2011 and many more were seriously injured.
SAFETY RISKS: More than people have been killed in Australia in quad bike accidents since 2011 and many more were seriously injured. RACQ Lifeflight

QUAD bike riders and all those involved in quad bike production, safety or use can make a submission to the ACCC's quad bike safety investigation, with proposed reforms outlined in an issues paper released by the ACCC.

ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh said the commission was looking into a range of approaches to improve quad bike safety.

"Tragically, 114 people have been killed in Australia in quad bike accidents since 2011,” Mr Keogh said.

"The ACCC is investigating a range of possible options to improve quad bike safety and prevent further deaths and injuries in the community.

"A key question is whether a safety standard should be introduced for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law.”

The ACCC is seeking feedback from stakeholders - including manufacturers, dealers, workplace safety experts, researchers, farmers and quad bike users - about a range of options.

These include mandating specific design requirements including features that reduce the risk to children, introducing a safety rating system, and testing quad bikes and mandating safety warning information for consumers.

"The ACCC recognises that quad bikes are important vehicles for many Australians who rely on them for work on farms, or use them recreationally,” Mr Keogh said.

"Which is why it is important for stakeholders to have their say.”

The ACCC will be making a draft recommendation to the government early next year, with a final recommendation to be made in mid-2018.

The issues paper and more information can be found at www.accc.gov.au.

If you do own or ride a quad bike, the ACCC strongly recommends you follow the safety advice.

Topics:  accc quad bike safety rural


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