Group calls for government to adopt ACCC quad recommendations

Rural Doctors Association of Australia president, Dr Adam Coltzau said believes having OPDs fitted would prevent many deaths and injuries from quad bike rollovers. Photo: Supplied.

Rural Doctors Association of Australia president, Dr Adam Coltzau said believes having OPDs fitted would prevent many deaths and injuries from quad bike rollovers. Photo: Supplied.

Organisations representing rural Australia came together this week to ask why the Government has not yet acted on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's quad bike safety recommendations.

The National Farmers' Federation, Rural Doctors Association of Australia, NSW Farmers, Country Women's Association of Australia, Rural Flying Doctor Service and Australian Workers Union are part of the 12 organisation's calling for the government to adopt the changes.

The ACCC formed a Quad Bike Safety Taskforce in 2017, and have held many consultations and reports in the time since.

Earlier this year it made a recommendation to the Assistant Treasurer to make a mandatory safety standard.

It recommended all quads be fitted with an operation protection device and be required to meet minimum requirements for stability within 24 months.

The Assistant Treasurer then sought submissions on the exposure draft mandatory safety standard, which closed June 10, 2019.

NFF president Fiona Simson challenged the government to explain what the delay was in enacting the declaration needed to make the life-saving changes a reality.

"What can possibly be more important than protecting the lives of Australians," she said.

RFDS Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty said too many have been killed or injured in circumstances that could have been prevented.

"Quad bikes are part of rural life, but their use can be made safer if the ACCC recommendations are implemented," he said.

Rural Doctors Association of Australia president, Dr Adam Coltzau said believes having OPDs fitted would prevent many deaths and injuries from quad bike rollovers.

"There is really no excuse for the Federal Government to delay on this issue, it should require all new quad bikes to have OPDs fitted, in line with the ACCC's recommendation, and it should require this as soon as possible," he said.

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar said the ACCC is expected to provide its final recommendations to the government in the coming months.

"The Government will carefully consider stakeholder feedback alongside the ACCC's recommendations and advice about implementing a mandatory safety standard," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Government is concerned about the high number of farm deaths due to quad bikes, particularly in regional Australia.

"Regardless of the timing, the government encourages quad bike riders to adhere to safe riding practices, including wearing helmets and protective clothing, ensuring that riders are properly trained and not letting children ride adult quad bikes unsupervised," he said.