Quad bikes (four-wheeled motorbikes) can be fun and useful, but you should consider safety issues before riding them for recreation or work.
- On average, 15 people are killed each year in Australia while using quad bikes.
- About half the fatalities involve recreational use.
- Quad bikes are the leading cause of accidental death and injury on Australian farms.
- Each year, an estimated 1,000 people using quad bikes receive injuries requiring hospital treatment.
For further advice about quad bike safety and regulations, contact Worksafe Tasmania.
Understanding the danger
- are not all-terrain vehicles
- can easily roll over and cause fatal crush injuries, even when ridden by safety-conscious people
- pose a particular risk for children and older people.
Ways to prevent quad bike injuries and deaths
When considering using a quad bike, think carefully about whether it is a suitable vehicle for your needs.
To improve safety when using a quad bike you should:
- select a machine that has a low risk of rollover
- block off access to areas such as rough terrain or slopes
- install a tested rollover or crush protection device
- undertake a registered quad bike training course
- ride on familiar tracks and beware of obstacles
- always wear a helmet and ride at a safe speed.
- allow people aged under 16 to use quad bikes of any size
- carry passengers
- carry heavy loads or overload a quad bike. They become more unstable and may roll
- operate on rough terrain or slopes
- exceed towing limits
- operate a quad bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Quad Bike Safety Taskforce
On 4 January 2017 the Quad Bike Safety taskforce released an issues paper calling for submissions in response to a range of questions in relation to Quad Bike Safety in Tasmania - Issues Paper (pdf, 507.4 KB)
The paper identified the following key areas for potential action to improve quad bike safety in Tasmania:
- Increasing rider awareness of risks
- Improving rider skills
- Greater rider protection
- Government-led action
Further details as to the outcomes of the review will be provided at a later date.
The following submissions have been received by the Taskforce, and are published as part of the review process.
Submissions closed on 28 February 2017.
- All4adventure (pdf, 348.1 KB)
- Aus Centre Agricultural Health Safety (pdf, 186.4 KB)
- Carolyn Davis (pdf, 90.7 KB)
- Central Coast Council (pdf, 1.1 MB)
- City of Hobart (pdf, 82.6 KB)
- Debra Andrei (pdf, 34.1 KB)
- Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (pdf, 737.0 KB)
- Javier Perez Larraya (pdf, 647.3 KB)
- Jenny James (pdf, 760.7 KB)
- John and Angela Bruce (pdf, 34.2 KB)
- John Becker (pdf, 332.4 KB)
- Motor Accidents Insurance Board (pdf, 103.8 KB)
- MotorSafe Tasmania (pdf, 582.8 KB)
- Mt Roland Quad Bikes (pdf, 106.2 KB)
- Primary Employers Tasmania (pdf, 1.2 MB)
- QuadSafe Australia (pdf, 263.6 KB)
- Roy Servant (pdf, 33.0 KB)
- Royal Australian College of Surgeons (pdf, 262.3 KB)
- Safe Farming Tasmania (pdf, 132.3 KB)
- Safety in Motion (pdf, 80.0 KB)
- TACC Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (pdf, 262.4 KB)
- Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (pdf, 353.5 KB)