NSW LABOR CALLS FOR SUMMIT TO PREVENT QUAD BIKE TRAGEDIES

NSW Labor is calling for an urgent summit to be held to discuss a bipartisan approach to quad bike safety in the wake of another tragic death on the weekend.

More than 109 people have died nationwide in the last six years as a result of quad bike accidents.

Since the State Coroner’s report into quad bike deaths 16 months ago, a further seven people have died in NSW as a result of quad bike accidents.

As a response to the report, the NSW Government has only offered a helmet subsidy for farmers.

The NSW Opposition has labelled the Government’s response as woefully inadequate.

Amongst the Coroner’s recommendations was the need for SafeWork NSW to work with the Commonwealth to: and other State and Territories to

  • Deliver, implement and support a safety rating system;

  • Work with industry stakeholders in developing Australian standards;

  • Develop an improved, standardised nationally accredited training package;

  • Collaborate with the Commonwealth and manufacturers to conduct an independent survey to assess the benefits, risks and efficacy of Crush Protection devices; and

  • Conduct a media campaign to increase awareness of the risks involved in using quad bikes.

NSW Labor will work with the Government and stakeholders to get meaningful action on quad bike safety.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch

“These are preventable deaths and it is up to all sides of politics to come together and put in place programs and policies to stop these tragedies from occurring.

“We have written to Niall Blair, the Minister for Primary Industries and Matt Kean, the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation – seeking a summit to bring together all stakeholders – farmers, manufacturers, safety experts - to work out an effective and expedient way forward.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Yasmin Catley

“It is becoming clear that the NSW Government’s response is not quick enough, nor good enough.

“Labor wants to work with the Government in looking at programs, legislation and other regulation to try to prevent more tragic deaths.”

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