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ATV Decision Sensible

9 March 2006

ATV Decision Sensible

Taranaki farmer Gavin Vanner has suffered enough and his acquittal is a sensible and predictable decision, said Charlie Pedersen, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

"The death of four-year-old Molly Vanner was a tragedy for all involved. Farmers will be very pleased that the court has decided against putting Gavin Vanner through more agony," Mr Pedersen said.

"Accidents like this have happened in the past and the Federation is committed to working to ensure they do not happen again. Farmers should follow the ATV guidelines developed in 2003."

The guidelines state that youths under 15 should not drive a farm ATV.

However, youths between 12 and 15 may drive a farm ATV if their guardian or employer establishes that the youth is capable and competent to drive the particular ATV, and extra precautions are taken and limits imposed.

"The statistical evidence suggests the ATV guidelines have improved safety of ATV use around New Zealand farms, and the guidelines have the potential to further improve safety of farming families," Mr Pedersen said.

A link to the ATV guidelines is available at www.fedfarm.org.nz

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