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Make a Submission - Watchdog recommends new quad bike safety standard

Since 2011, 130 people have been killed in quad bike related accidents. On average six people per day are hospitalised with injuries relating to what are arguably a farm’s most popular piece of equipment.

The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission (ACCC) has been looking at ways to improve quad bike safety to save lives and prevent life-altering injuries.

In its final report to Government, released this week, the watchdog’s recommendations are a win for farm safety.

A central recommendation is for the introduction of a safety standard that mandates key information be available to consumers, relating to a bike’s stability and design specifications.

ACCC Agriculture Commissioner, Mick Keogh said he believed a mandatory safety standard was the best option to improve quad bike safety.

While it’s not the Five-Star Safety Rating System the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has been lobbying for for many years, it is certainly a step in the right direction according to NFF President Fiona Simson.

“Consumers deserve the right to safety information relevant to the quad bike they intend to buy and make informed decision about the safety of themselves, their families and workers.”

The report also highlights the need for a minimum stability standard and for operator protection devices to be made mandatory for general-use models.

The ACCC has conducted an investigation into quad bike safety, including considering the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

These recommendations will reduce the risk of rollovers and significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury.

“Quad bike accidents come at a cost to the economy of at least $200 million a year, not to mention the pain, suffering and associated expenses inflicted upon those affected, including friends and families of the victims,” Ms Simson said.

Under the recommendations, sport, youth and transition models would be exempt and a two year transition period was also recommended.

The report’s recommendations echo the NFF’s call for an overhaul of the regulations governing the popular farm vehicle’s manufacture and sale after a Queensland District Court ruled in the favour of an injured farm worker against his employer in January 2019.

The court stated that “quad bikes are a high risk machine requiring management if used on a rural property” and ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff $400,000, which is a sum that could potentially cripple ones farming business.

According to the judge if the bike had of been fitted with rollover protection and a safety belt, the plaintiff would not have been injured.

Australians are invited to review and provide further comment on the recommended Safety Standard. Submissions close 10 June 2019.

For more information on quad bike and general farm safety CLICK HERE.

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ACCC - Quad bike safety standard exposure draft


The ACCC has conducted an investigation into quad bike safety, including considering the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The ACCC has made a recommendation to the Assistant Treasurer to make a mandatory safety standard. A copy of the report and the draft mandatory standard are available below.

The Assistant Treasurer is seeking submissions on the exposure draft mandatory safety standard recommended by the ACCC.

Submissions will be used to inform a recommendation and advice to the Minister about implementing a mandatory safety standard for quad bikes.

How to make a submission

Interested parties can upload a submission via this online consultation.

Alternatively, submissions can be lodged by post or email to:

Director Quad Bikes Taskforce Consumer Product Safety Branch Australian Competition & Consumer Commission GPO Box 3131 Canberra, ACT 2601

Contact Email:

Please include your name, organisation and contact details when making a submission.

Submissions are due by: 5 pm, 10 June 2019.

Submissions will be made public. Interested parties wishing to submit confidential or commercial-in-confidence material, should submit both a public version and commercial-in-confidence version of their submission (PDF or Word document format).

Any commercial-in-confidence material should be clearly identified, and the public version of the submissions should identify where commercial-in-confidence material has been removed.

More information about the ACCC’s treatment of confidential information can be found in the ACCC’s Information Policy

Click on link to: Make a submission

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