Regulation Impact Statement Updates
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Quad Bike Safety
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
On 22 March 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examining measures to improve quad bike safety. 114 deaths in Australia were attributed to quad bikes between 2011 and 2017 and four deaths to Side-by-Side vehicles (SSVs). In addition, approximately 2100-2500 injuries were recorded by hospitals across Australia attributable to quad bikes or SSVs. The RIS outlines proposed options for making quad bikes safer including a mandatory safety standard that:
- adopts the US Standard and requires an additional rollover warning label
- introduces a safety star rating system so safer vehicles get a higher rating
- requires manufacturers to integrate an operator protection device, such as a crush protection device or roll over protection device in the design of new quad bikes
- imposes minimum performance tests for dynamic handling, stability and mechanical suspension and requires that all wheels be able to rotate at different speeds.
The ACCC is inviting interested parties to provide a submission online by COB 4 May 2018.
A consultation RIS was prepared by the ACCC and was assessed as consistent with best practice by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.