Children ban from quad bikes sought in Australia

A call to ban children or at least those under the age of 16 from riding quad bikes has been a topic in Australia.

A safety study funded by WorkCover and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is said to recommend training courses to be provided by quad bikes manufacturers.

Quad bikes in Australia

Chairman of Road Safety at the transport and road safety research unit at the University of NSW, Raphael Grzebieta said:
If people use quad bikes then they should train themselves to use them
We are suggesting training should be mandatory and wearing of helmets should be mandatory.
Anyone under the age of 16 should not be riding quad bikes and it should be an offence.
The same line of recommendation, that is, children under the age of 16 should be banned from riding quad bikes was recommended by the head of trauma at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Danny Cass. He said, a child is naturally unsuited to ride a quad bike, as far as design is concerned.
If you go over a rock or the root of a tree, then the tyre will almost flatten to the rim of the wheel, then, as it comes off, it will rebound with a kick
A child is incredibly unsuited to a quad bike. They can get high power with very little effort and the steering is quite tricky, particularly if they hit a rough surface.
Statistics in the last 13 years or so show that about 140 Australians have died due to quad bike accidents. Severe head and chest injuries were among the leading causes of such deaths. Source

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