The Federal Minister and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has issued a media statement this morning announcing a new quad bike safety standard. The PSA website has also been updated re the new safety standard.
This safety standard applies to all quad bikes from 11 October 2020 with additional requirements for general use quad bikes from 11 October 2021. The standard does not apply to second-hand quad bikes other than those imported into Australia.
The webpage also includes checklists /guidance for dealers and manufactures.
Mandatory standard: The Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 comes into effect on 11 October 2019.
The purpose of the standard is to prevent or reduce the risk of fatality or injury associated with the use of quad bikes. There have been at least 128 fatalities during 2011–18 and it is estimated that six people present to an emergency department each day, of which two are admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Around 15 per cent of deaths involve children.
The safety standard sets out the requirements for new quad bikes and imported second-hand quad bikes. It is intended to:
- improve information for consumers (through a hang tag, warning for operators and additional information in the manual) from 11 October 2020
- improve the design of quad bikes (through requiring quad bikes to meet certain requirements in the US or European Standard) from 11 October 2020
- improve the design of general use quad bikes to reduce the likelihood of a rollover incident occurring (through stability requirements) and to mitigate the harm if a rollover does occur (through operator protection devices) from 11 October 2021.
The standard and an explanatory statement, including a regulation impact statement, will be available online later today.
Transition period: The safety standard provides a transition period of 12 months, beginning on the day the safety standard commences, for all quad bikes to meet the requirements in relation to the US/European Standard, hang tag, warning label and owner’s manual/ instruction handbook.
The safety standard also provides a transition period of 24 months, beginning on the day the safety standard commences, for the additional design requirements of general use quad bikes.
These transition periods are intended to provide businesses within the supply chain sufficient time to arrange to ensure that their stock meets these requirements.
The safety standard requires the following for all quad bikes.
All quad bikes — within 12 months
On and after 11 October 2020, all quad bikes are required to:
- meet the specified requirements of the US standard for quad bikes, ANSI/SVIA 1-2017, or the European standard for quad bikes, EN 15997:2011
- have a rollover warning label fixed so that when the quad bike is used, it will be clearly visible and legible
- provide information in the owner’s manual or information handbook on the risk of rollover
- be tested for lateral static stability, and display the angle at which the quad bike tips on to two wheels on a hang tag at the point of sale.
General use quad bikes — within 24 months
On and after 11 October 2021, general use quad bikes are required to meet the minimum stability requirements of:
- lateral roll stability — a minimum Tilt Table Ratio (TTR) of 0.55 (must not tip on to two wheels on a slope less than 28.81 degrees)
- front and rear longitudinal pitch stability — a minimum TTR of 0.8 (must not tip on to two wheels on a slope less than 38.65 degrees)
The quad bike must also be fitted with an operator protection device (OPD) or have one integrated into its design.