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
- 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.