Queensland has the highest rate of quad bike deaths and hospital admissions in Australia, with 69 deaths in the past 15 years.
OIR, with input from nine other Queensland Government agencies has developed the State wide Plan for Improving Quad Bike safety in Queensland 2016 – 2019 (the plan). The plan, launched by Minister for Industrial Relations, Grace Grace at UQ Gatton last Thursday, outlines how the Queensland Government will cut quad bike injuries and deaths.
OIR is leading the delivery of the plan which has three key priorities:
1. Community education and awareness about quad bike safety risks.
2. Improving quad bike operator skill and safety.
3. Government leadership in promoting quad bike safety.
The plan supports the 15 recommendations handed down in August 2015 by the Deputy State Coroner following an inquest into the quad bike-related deaths of nine Queenslanders in both recreational and work settings. Further regulatory intervention will be considered, however the first step is to change the attitudes of quad bike users through a public awareness campaign.
The awareness campaign will start in June and focus on:
doing formal training
not allowing kids to ride adult-sized quad bikes
not carrying passengers on quad bikes without extra seats