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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 in 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 near quad bikes.

Farm safety – 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. Never allow children near quad bikes.

**NEWS** Extension of rebates for Crush Protection Devices: Victoria***

There has been a 12-month extension to the rebate scheme available in Victoria, to fit rollover protection on quad bikes, or substitute their bike for a safer alternative. Eligible quad bike owners will now have until 30 September 2019 to take part in the scheme, which provides a $600 rebate to fit rollover protection devices to existing quadbikes, or $1200 towards safer substitute vehicles, such as side-by-sides.

To find out more and apply visit Victorian Farmers Federation

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References used for this topic page

More information:

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety

Preventing death and serious injury caused by quad rollovers on Australian farms [PDF ]

Farmsafe Australia

Farm vehicles, quads and motorbikes

Worksafe NT

Quad bikes – a handbook for workplaces [PDF 670kb]

WorkSafe Victoria

Quadbike Safety App

Quadbikes – Reducing the risks

Victorian Farmers Federation

Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme

National Farmers Federation

Mythbuster: Crush Protection Devices [PDF]

Research & reviews:

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety

ATV injury on Australian farms: 2007 [PDF]

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Impact of helmets on injuries to riders of all-terrain vehicles [PDF]

Medical Journal of Australia

The increasing problem of motorcycle injuries in children and adolescents

Traffic Injury Prevention

Injury mechanisms in fatal Australian quad bike incidents

Fast facts:

Quad bikes

  • Quad bikes or ATVs are the most common cause of death on farms.
  • Prevent accidents by ensuring all riders are trained and follow safety precautions.
  • Follow manufacturer’s guidelines if you carry extra loads like sprays, as they can affect the balance on your bike.
  • Consider a properly fitted roll over protection structure.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when riding a quad bike.

Last updated: 9th November, 2018