Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles safety – Proposed work health and safety regulations

Quad Bikes and Side by Side (SSV) vehicles have been involved in several incidents in the past years. Some of these incidents people have been injured and others died. WHSQ has produced a discussion paper taken from the recommendations of the coronal inquest into deaths occurring between 2012 and 2014.

The private use of quad bikes and SSVs outside of a workplace is not being considered as part of the project. However users must be aware of the definition of a road for some of the Transport legislation requirements.

This is part of the upgrade of the model code of practice for plant to include the various safety aspects for quad bikes. Additional communications will include promotions mail outs and social media platforms.

The following is taken from the discussion paper.

Phase 1 regulatory changes for Quad Bikes and Side by Side

Quad bikes in workplaces:
• persons operating or being a passenger on a quad bike must wear a helmet compliant with relevant safety standards
• any person operating a quad bike must be at least 16 years of age, or the minimum age recommended by manufacturers
• a quad bike is not used to carry a passenger. Unless it is designed to carry a passenger. Passengers are at least 16 years of age, or the minimum age recommended by the manufacturer.

SSVs in workplaces:
• persons operating or being a passenger in an SSV must wear a helmet compliant with relevant safety standards
• any person operating an SSV must be at least 16 years of age, or the minimum age recommended by manufacturers
• an SSV is not used to carry a passenger unless the passenger is at least 8 years of age. The passenger’s feet can be placed flat on the floor while seated, and can hold the vehicle’s handrail while seated. If the vehicle has handrails installed.
• any person operating or being a passenger of an SSV wears a seat belt, if seat belts are fitted.

Phase 2 regulatory changes for consideration

• For both quad bikes and SSVs, a worker and other relevant persons operating a vehicle must be appropriately trained. This will ensure it is operated safely and competently.

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