First stage quad bike safety measures mandatory
All new and imported second hand quad bikes sold in Australia must now meet the first stage of the government’s mandatory safety standard which came into effect on 11 October. All new and imported second hand quad bikes sold in Australia must:
- be tested for lateral static stability,
- display the angle at which the quad bike tips onto two wheels on a hang tag at the point of sale, and
- carry a roll over warning label on the quad bike.
The owner’s manual must also include roll over safety information.
Additionally, the quad bikes must be fitted with a spark arrester that conforms to the Australian or United States standard, and meet certain requirements of the United States or European quad bike safety standards.
These relate to equipment such as brakes, clutch, throttle, tyres, drive train, handlebars and foot wells, maximum speed capabilities and the provision of safety information through warning labels and hang tags.
The safety standard has two stages – read the full ACCC article here