Hamilton Island stops using buggies

HAMILTON Island has stopped using six-seater petrol buggies following a crash that left a woman and her baby in a critical state and five others injured.

Hamilton Island Enterprises chief executive officer Glenn Bourke said he made the decision to cease use of the buggies the same day the accident occurred in March.

"I made a decision to try to change the practices here," he said.

Mr Bourke said about 600 two-seater and four-seater buggies remained on the island.

About 90% of those were the safer model of electric buggies, which could be driven at a maximum of 20kmh.

"I feel like a buggy is still the safest kind of vehicle that we could have around Hamilton Island," Mr Bourke said.

"We've had quite a terrible accident, but if we had normal vehicles here, I'm sure we'd have more accidents than we currently have."

A Department of Main Roads and Transport spokesman said the department had not recommended the island stop using golf buggies.

"We support the use of golf buggies on the island, provided they meet the requirements of the conditional registration scheme, and follow the Queensland road rules," the department spokesman said.



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