Ministry needs recreational quad bike focus
3 January 2013
Ministry needs recreational quad bike
Farmers are taking quad bike safety
seriously, but the latest incident in the Hawke’s Bay,
again highlights this message is not getting through to
“Recreational users, quad
bikes and alcohol are a cocktail for disaster,” says
Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers spokesperson for health
“While many farmers are heeding the
safety message, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment need to find a better way to convey safety when
it comes to recreational users.
death following Christmas was recreational in nature as was
the latest incident in the Hawke’s Bay. The Hawke’s Bay
one seemingly involved alcohol as well.
again fielded a number of media calls, there is an unhelpful
assumption all quad bike accidents are farm related. In
2012 there appears to have been two recreational fatalities
involving quad bikes and this recreational toll is a
“The Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment needs to look at how it is communicating safety
messages to casual quad bike users. Frankly, no one should
be using a quad bike without the appropriate training and
not all quad bikes are designed to carry two people.
“If an untrained person wants to use a quad bike then
they must seek training and become proficient in its use.
It really is as simple as that.
“But given the
number of quad bikes on-farm are similar to the number of
road going motorcycles, we also need a degree of
perspective,” Mrs Maxwell concluded.
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