Finley dairy farmer Neville Kydd has joined the fight to oppose potential engineering changes to quad bikes, fearing they could do more harm than good.
Mr Kydd said quad bikes are essential for his business and he fears the proposed new rollover protection devices would make them less safe and less efficient.
‘‘From what we have seen, we don’t think mandatory Crush Protection Devices will help make quad bikes any safer,’’ he said.
‘‘Our farm is set up with electric gates that we drive under.
‘‘It would be very difficult to go under them with roll bars, so they wouldn’t be user-friendly machines. It would make them substantially less efficient.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pushing for mandatory Crush Protection Devices on All-Terrain Vehicles.
However, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), farmers and dealers have called for the ACCC to objectively review all the research and existing safety data before making any firm recommendations.
The FCAI is concerned that there is an ill-informed rush to install CPDs without solid evidence to support their use.
It instead proposes the ‘known safety practices’ of mandating helmets for all ATV riders, banning children aged under 16 from riding adult ATVs, and banning passengers from riding single-seat ATVs.
The FCAI is also encouraging rider training so riders are more aware of safe practice, correct riding techniques and avoiding risky situations.
Mr Kydd said he strongly supports the FCAI recommendations, saying ‘‘training is the most important part’’.