Your say: Quad bike safety
Quad bikes, or ATVs as they are also known, are now the leading cause of death on Australian farms. Tests are underway to provide a safety star rating system, but is this enough? Have your say.
- the thing that has to be rememberd is that this is a dangerous item. People all over the world are killed by car crashes. Some of those cars have an ANCAP rating of 5 stars. The only way people are going to not be killed are by not using them. In doing this we limit the amont of work that can be done in an amount of time
- "Learn the machine, know the machine, and treat it with respect, or it will bite you." - steve mount via comment
- "These machines should be redesigned with slower capacity and roll cages. They are tools not toys." - jan of beaudesert via comment
- I have used them since 1995 in the mineral exploration industry, sometimes in very remote areas and have never had any injuries (nor the people working with me or for me on them). It all comes down to training and instilling the right attitude. Knowing what they can do, what they can't do, the limits of the rider's ability and the culture of safe operations. Like anything, if mis-used, they can be fatal.
- "There is plenty of farm machinery that is a lot more dangerous. Harvesters for instance! And I don't hear a call to ban them." - allanbrisbane via comment
- Prior to the widespread adoption of Quads the leading cause of death on farms was horses. Many people view quads as a safe way of getting about the farm. They are also perceived as being safer because they feel more stable than a motorbike. Mandatory rollbars and education are probably the best way to go, because policing large properties would be too expensive and resource intensive.
- "What amazes me is how people will let their 7 or 8 yr old children ride one of these powerful machines, with no idea of the potential consequences when things go wrong." - ron n via comment