On 22 December 2021, the Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 were amended, with the introduction of new regulation 216A, to help improve quad bike safety.
Regulation 216A requires a person conducting a business or undertaking with management or control of a quad bike to ensure:
- an approved helmet is available for use with the quad bike;
- the person using the quad bike has appropriate training; and
- the quad bike is not used to carry a passenger unless it is designed for it.
Regulation 216A requires a user of a quad bike to:
- have had appropriate training;
- wear an approved helmet; and
- not carry a passenger unless the quad bike is designed for it.
The amendments aim to support other action recently taken by the regulator and government in the state to improve quad bike safety, such as:
- promoting quad bike safety in the media and through farming bodies;
- supporting farmers to fit rollover protective devices by providing subsidies;
- introducing a Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme targeted to a range of safety improvements, including quad bike safety; and
- the Australian Government’s mandatory safety standard for quad bikes.
Visit worksafe.tas.gov.au/quadsafe to find out more.