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Dangerous quad bikes need legislative control

25 September 2013

AMA Victoria is calling for new legislation to ban children from using quad bikes, amid continuing safety concerns.

A recent study in the Medical Journal of Australia found 19 fatalities, 766 hospital admissions and 816 emergency department presentations arose from quad bike injuries in Victoria between 2002-03 and 2010-11.[1] This needs to stop.

Quad bikes are a leading cause of death and serious injury on Australian farms,[2] with fatalities usually the result of collisions or a quad bike rolling over.

The untold story behind this data is the distress and despair that these accidents inflict on families.

In March this year, the AMA was joined by the Royal Children’s Hospital, Ambulance Victoria and KidSafe in calling for legislative reform to restrict the use of quad bikes for children under the age of 16. Farmsafe Australia and Consumer Affairs Australia also recommend against the use of quad bikes for children under 16.[3]

In Victoria, there is no minimum age requirement for quad bike riders on private property. Without legislative change, the fatalities and serious injuries will continue.

AMA Victoria calls on the state government to take action and to address these harms and amend legislation to prohibit children under the age of 16 from riding quad bikes.


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[1] A.J Clapperton, E.L Herde, T. Lower, ”Quad bike-related injury in Victoria, Australia”, Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 199, No, 6 (2013), p. 418-422.
[2] Farmsafe Australia, Quadbike and Vehicle Safety – viewed September 2013
http://www.farmsafe.org.au/index.php?article=content/for-farmers/quadbike-and-vehicle-safety
[3] Consumer Affairs Australia, Quad bike safety – viewed September 2013
http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/shopping/product-safety-for-consumers/quad-bike-safety



Media contact:
Felicity Ryan
Australian Medical Association Victoria
Media & Public Affairs
Telephone: (03) 9280 8753
Mobile: 0437 450 506
Email: felicityr@amavic.com.au

 


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