Quad bike riders should have licences, helmets – coroner.

QUAD bike owners across the Northern Rivers may soon benefit from increased safety after a coroner recommended licences, helmets and seat belts become mandatory.

Deputy NSW state coroner Sharon Freund conducted an investigation into a number of quad bike incidents over the past decade.

To improve safety and reduce the number of deaths on quad bikes, Ms Freund recommended a safety rating system for quad bikes, mandatory licences, helmets and seatbelts.

She also recommended anyone under the age of 16 be banned from riding quad bikes.

Ms Freund investigated details surrounding eight deaths, which occurred on farms or in rural areas between 2009 and 2014.

Her investigation found the victims were thrown or fell from the quad bikes, with several being pinned under the vehicles.

A recent investigation in Queensland also recommended children under 16 be banned from riding quad bikes.

The NSW Government will look into the recommendations before making any changes to current laws surrounding quad bikes.



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