The Australian government is set to announce plans today to ban children from using adult sized quad bikes in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths on Australian farms. There have been a number of incidents over the last two years with children as young as four being involved.
The ban however does not make helmets or the installation of rollover bars compulsory
The Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said yesterday that, “We simply cannot sit by and watch people being killed and seriously injured by these vehicles.”
He said that there have been 15 deaths this year alone with the toll reaching 23 in 2011.
Mr Shorten has instructed Safe Work Australia to put the ban into place working with the state and territory regulators.
The ban will stop children that are under the age of 16 operating adult sized quad bikes in any workplace, which includes farms. Quad bikes are the leading cause of fatalities on farms in Australia.
Tony Lawler the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety director said that in a workplace that people have to be considered competent to use equipment and there is considerable evidence that children under the age of 16 aren’t able to use quad bikes safely.
Children may still be allowed to ride smaller quad bikes.