The ACCC formed a taskforce to investigate and determine whether to recommend to the Assistant Treasurer that he make a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Since 2011, there have been 133 deaths associated with the use of quad bikes, also known as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Deaths occur equally during workplace and recreational riding. Around 15 per cent of deaths involve children. Each day approximately six people present with an injury at an Emergency Department, of which two people are admitted to hospital with more serious injuries.
A safety standard for quad bikes could:
- mandate requirements for design, construction and performance
- prescribe the form and content of any warnings or instructions that need to accompany quad bikes at the point of sale.
Final Recommendation and Draft Standard
In March 2019, the ACCC made a recommendation to the then Assistant Treasurer to make a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law. A copy of the report and the exposure draft mandatory standard are available at: Quad bike safety standard exposure draft.
The Government sought comment on the draft mandatory standard recommended by the ACCC. Consultation closed on 10 June 2019.
Submissions are being used to inform a recommendation and advice to the Minister about implementing a mandatory safety standard for quad bikes.
A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released for a six-week public consultation period on 22 March 2018. The RIS included five proposed policy options, the ACCC's preliminary recommendation, as well as a series of questions for stakeholder consideration. Consultation closed on 4 May 2018.
Public submissions received have been published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions was used to inform a final recommendation to the Minister.
Consultation on the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper closed on 15 December 2017. Public submissions received have been reviewed by the ACCC and published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions has been used to inform the development of the Consultation RIS.
The ACCC will provide the Government with its final recommendation about implementing a mandatory safety standard for quad bikes, once it has examined and critically analysed all of the information provided in submissions on the exposure draft of the standard.
The ACCC is a member of an Inter Departmental Committee (IDC) focused on the safety of quad bikes, which is led by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The primary role of the IDC is to consider possible measures to improve the safety of quad bikes.