Quad bike reforms to be ‘urgently considered’

WEARING helmets on quad bikes could be made mandatory and children banned from riding adult-sized bikes with the Queensland Government to give "urgent consideration" to proposed reforms.

Earlier this month Coroner John Lock recommended children be banned from riding adult-sized quad bikes and wearing helmets be made mandatory.

APN can reveal the Queensland Treasurer and Industrial Relations minister Curtis Pitt said an already existing working group was considering Mr Lock's recommendations.

"The recommendations of a coronial inquiry into quad bike fatalities call for a coordinated effort to improve quad bike safety in Queensland," he said.

"I have referred Coroner Lock's recommendations to the quad bike working group we established earlier this year for urgent consideration.

"This working group has already met several times and it's getting on with the job of assessing the Coroner's recommendations."

Mr Pitt said quad bikes deaths remained a serious problem in Queensland and needed to be addressed.

"Since 2011, there have been 88 quad bike related fatalities in Australia, 28 of which occurred in Queensland," he said.

"It's an issue that affects communities across the state and one that highlights the need for action to bring down the unacceptable number of fatalities."

Mr Pitt said potential reforms would impact quad bike use in tourism as well as agricultural operators.

"Quad bikes are now being used for recreational activities such as adventure tourism and competitive racing," he said.

"They're also used in more traditional farm activities such as mustering, spraying and towing.

"We need to ensure that all quad bike users know how to operate these vehicles safely and responsibly, which is why we're considering the Coroner's recommendations."

The government's quad bike strategy is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

- APN NEWSDESK



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