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Poll: Should people need a licence to ride quad bikes?

QUAD bike owners could need a licence to ride and be forced to wear helmets to stamp out the "leading cause of death" on Queensland farms.

Other possible solutions to the problem could include forbidding children under 16 from riding them, or at least adult size bikes, prohibiting passengers and a safety star rating similar to one used for new cars.

Coroner John Lock will investigate seven recent quad-bike related deaths - on properties from Toowoomba to Townsville - and make recommendations to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences in the future.

He said, during a pre-inquest hearing in Brisbane on Tuesday, that he knew some of the possible recommendations were controversial but it was time they were explored.

Counsel assisting the coroner Peter De Waard said there had been 170 quad-bike related deaths since 2001 and Queensland was leading the country.

Of the 20 reported in Australia last year, he said more than half were Queensland.

A 12-year-old boy was killed in a quad bike accident at Wurdong Heights near Gladstone in April.

Possible outcomes

  • Safety star rating system similar to new cars
  • Minimum safety design threshold for quad bikes sold in Queensland
  • Introducing mandatory training, licences and certification
  • Mandating helmet use
  • Forbidding children under 16 years to ride quad bikes, or at least adult size
  • Prohibiting passengers
  • Mandatory operator protection devices, such as rollover and crush protection

Should people need a licence to ride quad bikes?

This poll ended on 25 June 2014.

Current Results

Yes. They're a vehicle just like any other

22%

No. They're not ridden on public roads

51%

The number of deaths suggest licensing is a good idea

11%

No, but kids should be banned from using them

14%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  coroner farm safety quad bikes queensland government



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