Farming, Quad Bikes, Safety

New quad bike safety laws commence in Queensland

New safety laws for quad bikes used in workplaces have commenced in Queensland, focusing on three key areas – age restriction, passenger restriction and helmet use

Queensland’s Work Health and Safety (Quad Bikes) Amendment Regulation 2024 introduces operator age restrictions, passenger restrictions and mandates helmets for quad bikes used in workplaces.

Adult-sized quad bikes in workplaces must now only be used by someone 16 years or above (or in accordance with age advice by the manufacturer).

This means that children are not allowed on adult-sized quad bikes and can only ride on age-appropriate quad bikes in workplaces.

Passenger restrictions will mean a quad bike operator cannot carry a passenger unless the bike is designed to do so, and the passenger must meet manufacturer age specifications, or be 16 or older.

All riders of quad bikes must wear a fitted and fastened helmet.

Specific to quad bikes used for work, the new Queensland safety laws are not relevant to recreational use and do not impact side-by-side vehicles (SSVs).

“These changes mean safer work for anyone using a quad bike. It brings greater clarity to who can use quad bikes and how to use them to keep Queenslanders safe,” office of industrial relations deputy director general Peter McKay says.

Incorporating public feedback, these changes follow data released by Safe Work Australia that states 193 lives were lost in quad bike accidents between 2011 and 2023.

55 of these fatalities (nearly 30 per cent), occurred in Queensland and was the highest proportion of all states.

Safe Work Australia says at least 22 of those Queensland fatalities were work-related.

WorkSafe QLD says quad bikes are synonymous with the Queensland way of life for many farmers and primary producers due to their adaptability and ease of use, but if not used correctly can pose significant risks.

Existing legislation administered by Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation will continue to apply to quad bikes being used on roads or road-related areas; state forests or timber reserves; protected areas (other than nature refuges or special wildlife reserves) and recreation areas.

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