Quad Biking

Quad Biking: Tips and Resources

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A quad bike – also known as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), is a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control.

 

Definition

A quad bike – also known as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), is a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control.

As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. Although it is a street-legal vehicle in some countries, it is not street legal within most states and provinces of Australia, the United States or Canada.

By the current ANSI definition, ATVs are intended for use by a single operator, although some companies have developed ATVs intended for use by the operator and one passenger. These ATVs are referred to as tandem ATVs.

The rider sits on and operates these vehicles like a motorcycle, but the extra wheels give more stability at slower speeds. Although equipped with three (or typically, four) wheels, six-wheel models exist for specialized applications.

Source: Wikipedia

Registration

Quad bikes require registration to be used on the road network

A quad bike has no specific definitions or rules in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 or the Queensland Road Rules. A quad bike therefore currently falls under the definition of a car. A class C driver licence is required to ride a quad bike on roads or road-related areas.

Quad bikes are catered for under the conditional registration scheme and require a police permit when ridden on the road network. The permit can contain conditions such as compulsory helmet wearing. More information is available on the conditional registration page.

There are many concerns about the dangerous use of these vehicles in a recreational setting. It is mandatory for quad bike riders to wear an approved motorcycle helmet when the vehicle is operating on a road or road related area. If the quad bike is capable of carrying more than one person, the passengers must also wear an approved motorcycle helmet. These vehicles however are often used on private properties where the road rules do not apply.

Statewide plan for improving quad bike safety in Queensland 2016 - 2019

The Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety in Queensland 2016 – 2019 (the plan) is a key initiative to raise awareness of the risks associated with quad bike use and enhance operator skill and safety.

The plan focuses on 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 Ride Ready campaign aims to reduce the rate of quad bike deaths and injuries and is part of the Statewide plan for improving quad bike safety in Queensland 2016 – 2019. The plan was developed by the Queensland Government as an initiative to raise awareness of the risks associated with quad bike use and improve rider’s safety skills.
Source: Workcover Queensland

For information and resources on:

  • Incidents, injuries and key risk factors
  • The Ride Ready challenge
  • Training
  • Safety: kids, helmets, training, loads
  • Resources: videos, posters

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More than 70 people have died on Australian farmsfrom quad bike accidents since 2000, and last year the Queensland Government released a list of initiatives to make the bikes safer. These included suggestions to make helmets mandatory for all riders, and age restrictionsstopping riders under the age of 16 from using adult-sized quad bikes.

 

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