Quad bikes, sometimes called four wheeler bikes are not safe for use in all terrains. These vehicles are not stable and have been involved in many injuries and deaths mostly as a result of roll-over situations.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for vehicle use, wear a helmet and protective clothing when riding and ride in a responsible manner. Never allow children to play on or ride quad bikes.
Contrary to the name, quad bikes are not safe for use in all terrains – they are four-wheeled motorbikes. These vehicles are not stable and have been involved in many injuries and deaths. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for vehicle use, wear protective clothing when riding and ride in a responsible manner. Children should not be allowed to play around quad bikes.
**NEWS** Extension of rebates for Operator Protection Devices (OPD): Victoria***
There has been a further extension to the rebate scheme available in Victoria, to fit OPD on quad bikes, or substitute their bike for a safer alternative. Eligible quad bike owners will now have until 30 June 2020 to take part in the scheme, which provides a $600 rebate to fit Operator protection devices to existing quadbikes, or $1200 towards two devices or safer , such as side-by-side vehicle (SSV).
To find out more and apply visit Victorian Farmers Federation
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References used for this topic page
Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety
Preventing death and serious injury caused by quad rollovers on Australian farms [PDF ]
Farm vehicles, quads and motorbikes
Quad bikes – a handbook for workplaces (2018) [PDF 670kb]
Victorian Farmers Federation
Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme
National Farmers Federation
Mythbuster: Crush Protection Devices [PDF]
Research & reviews:
Safe work Australia
Quad bike fatality data
British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Impact of helmets on injuries to riders of all-terrain vehicles [PDF]
Medical Journal of Australia
- Quad bike related injury in Victoria, Australia (2013)
- The increasing problem of motorcycle injuries in children and adolescents 2008
Traffic Injury Prevention
Injury mechanisms in fatal Australian quad bike incidents (2016)
Last updated: 4th May, 2020