The state government has committed $700,000 in Thursday’s budget to fund a new package of measures aiming to increase quad bike safety.
Under the plan, the government will work with stakeholders to implement safety measures including introducing a safety rating system for quad bikes, enforcing helmet use by all riders, banning children from riding adult-sized bikes and banning children under the age of six using any quad bike.
The government package includes a $500,000 rebate scheme for the fitting of approved rollover or crush protection devices from July 1.
Building and Construction Minister Sarah Courtney said the rebate would allow farmers to receive up to 50 per cent of the purchase price, to a maximum of $500 per device and $1000 per eligible workplace, for an approved rollover or crush protection device.
“Sadly, quad bike deaths are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms, and Tasmania has not been immune to this trend,” Ms Courtney said.
“Between 2011 and 2019, to date, there have been 11 quad bike related deaths in Tasmania.”
The Department said it would continue to work with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission towards implementing a national safety rating system for quad bikes, which is anticipated to be delivered later this year.