Quad bike and side by side vehicle safety under spotlight

AgForce’s Work and Safety Committee has developed a submission for a Queensland Government investigation into the safety of quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles (SSVs) in the workplace.

The Queensland Government is currently investigating proposed new safety regulations for people operating these vehicles, following a state coronial inquest into nine deaths involving quad bikes between 2012-2014.

The inquest recommended introducing regulations to improve quad bike and SSV safety, and several safety campaigns and initiatives aimed at informing rider behaviour.

Options being consulted on include mandating helmet use, banning children on adult quad bikes and SSVs, some passenger restrictions and seat belt requirements for SSVs (if installed). In addition, training requirements are also being investigated. These options are outlined in more detail in a discussion paper available online.

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