NSW Quad Bike Inquest

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15 May 2015

The lead author of the UNSW TARS report, Professor Raphael Grzebieta, is a highly credible safety expert, with over 30 years of research and practical experience in crashworthiness and road safety. The College of Surgeons supports the conclusions and recommendations in his report.

The findings and recommendations included the following:

  • A requirement for all quad bike operators to undertake vehicle specific accredited training before operating unsupervised.
  • Mandating the use of an appropriate helmet for all riders and all side by side vehicle occupants. • Children under 16 years of age should not operate an adult quad bike.
  • Implementation of an information campaign for farmers about quad bike stability and safety, including the risks of carrying of passengers and loads (especially spray tanks).
  • Recognition that active riding is required on current design quad bikes and that warnings are required for riders about the safety risks.
  • The use of alternate (side by side) vehicles by older riders who cannot or will not use an active riding style, as older riders are over represented in work place quad bike fatality data.
  • Promotion and support for a safety rating system that assesses stability, dynamic handling and crashworthiness of quad bikes and side by side vehicles, to allow informed consumer choices and to encourage safer vehicle development. 
  • Implementation of a quad bike standard or other functional design requirement and continuous improvement of this based on findings from the research program.
  • Further research into safe use of age-appropriate children's quad bikes, Operator Protection Devices and an exposure-based survey of quad bike safety.