New Quad Bike Safety Initiatives Aim to Reduce Farm Injury, Risk of Death

New Quad Bike Safety Initiatives Aim to Reduce Farm Injury, Risk of Death

By Maddison Langley 

The state government’s roll out of a national quad bike safety improvement program, aimed at reducing farm injury and death has revolutionised the way the farming sector handles on-farm safety.

The latest initiative by the NSW government has introduced a national five star safety rating system of quad bikes, aimed at providing farmers with the necessary information to make informed choices about the product they are purchasing, in a bid to reduce farm deaths and promote safer options.

The push has been met with approval by the industry sector as quad bikes have remained the leading cause of farm deaths in Australia.

Executive director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the system will be effective in providing tailored information to farmers.

“The 5 star system will give farmers some real choices about other options in terms of quad bikes and in terms of their safety,” Mr Dunphy said.

The system has built upon the government’s $2 million quad bike safety improvement program which provides safety course training and rebates for protective devices and vehicles.

Special councillor for NSW Farmers Matthew Wereing, believes the success of the initiative shows the willingness of farmers to tackle the issue internally.

“It’s been surprising, there’s been a whole lot of money spent on farmers moving away from quad bikes to side-by-side vehicles at a spend of somewhere between $10,000 to $20,000 each. When you think they’re only getting $1000 rebate on these machines I think the tide is turning as far as farmer awareness and safety.”

Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has put his support behind the initiative and believes the latest scheme intends to inform, educate and prevent bike related deaths in the area.

Anyone can check their eligibility for a rebate by visiting this website.

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