Coroner says helmets on quad bikes should be compulsory

QUAD BIKE drivers will have to be trained, have a licence and always wear a helmet if recommendations from a Queensland coronial inquiry into quad bikes are put into place.

Queensland Deputy State Coroner John Lock's inquiry into quad bikes, following the death of nine people in Queensland, drew to a close this week and he hoped his recommendations, teamed with the outcome of a similar NSW inquiry, would help make a difference.

Mr Lock handed down his findings from the inquest on Monday and recommended helmet use on quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles be made compulsory on roads.

He also recommended that Australian-standard quad bike-specific helmets be introduced.

A similar inquest is currently being held in NSW, where the coroner is examining eight deaths from quad bike accidents that occurred in rural areas between 2009 and 2014.

Part of this inquest is being held at Sydney this week.

So far this year, 13 people have died on quad bikes, including two in NSW; a seven-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy.

Neither was wearing a helmet, according to Safe Work Australia.

Last year a Brisbane man died when his quad bike rolled over on a property near Kyogle.

On Monday, Mr Lock handed down 15 recommendations for quad bikes.

These included introducing a licensing scheme for quad bike drivers who would have to undergo training; and banning children under 16 years old from riding adult bikes.

"I can only hope that as a result of this finding and these recommendations and perhaps the recommendations that may be made in NSW that there will be further moving forward," Mr Lock said.

The NSW inquest is due to finish later this month. - APN NEWSDESK


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