The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed a commitment from Ministers to take decisive action towards the instatement of a five-star safety rating for quad bikes.
At a meeting in Melbourne last week, consumer affairs Ministers from across Australia and New Zealand agreed to "expedite the regulatory impact assessment processes needed to introduce the rating system and associated safety standards".
NFF President Fiona Simson said quad bikes represented significant risk to farmers, farming families, farm workers and farm visitors.
“Quad bike incidents are the leading cause of accidental death on Australian farms.
“ Tragically, both adults and children are all too often killed or seriously injured from quad bikes.
“The NFF supports sensible measures to improve quad bike safety and to reduce the number of fatalities caused by the popular piece of farm equipment.”
During August, Tasmanian Coroner Simon Cooper called for legislative reforms to quad bike safety and for the development of “a star rating system” and New Zealand Coroner Brigitte Windley recommended the New Zealand Government should “set, implement and enforce” quad bike safety standards and consider “a national five-s...
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