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21 July, 2020

Quad Bike deaths linked to roll overs.

The death of Julatten resident Tyler Pashen has brought the total number of ATV deaths in 2020 to 11

By Phil Brandel

The death of Julatten resident Tyler Pashen has brought the total number of ATV deaths in 2020 to 11. With a total of 128 fatalities between 2011–18.

In 2019 The Federal Government announced new laws requiring new quad bikes to be fitted with mandatory rollover protection, after pressure from farming and medical groups.

All quad bikes sold after October 2021, will need to be fitted with the rollover protection.

This has led to the big four quad bike manufacturers Yamaha, Honda, Polaris and Suzuki announcing that they would stop supplying quad bikes to the Australian market.

While the big four have announced that they will exit the Australian market in 2021, one company has announced that not only will they be staying in the Australian Market; but they will also be fitting the mandatory safety equipment to their quad bikes immediately, almost a year ahead of schedule.

Michael Poynton Director of Mojo Motorcycles, the Australian distributor for CFMOTO, said that they have already released a 400cc quad bike that complies with stage 2 of the Australian Government mandatory Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard.

The Australian Government announced the introduction of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard in October 2019. The requirements under stage 1 must be met by October 11th 2020, and the requirements under stage 2 by October 11th 2021.

Over the next three months, Mojo Motorcycles will be introducing an updated range of CFMOTO quad bikes that meet stage 2 requirements of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard. The entire CFMOTO quad bike range will be updated to meet the requirements of stage 2 by October 2020, one year ahead of the mandatory timeline.

“We want to reassure Aussie farmers that CFMOTO quad bikes are here to stay,” said Mr Poynton.

“By introducing a new quad bike range that complies with stage 2 of the Consumer Goods Quad Bike Safety Standard requirements by October 2020, one year ahead of the mandatory timeline, shows our commitment to remain in the Australian market. Following our own assessment of the Consumer Goods (quad bikes) Safety Standard in 2019, we made the decision to remain in the Australian market with CFMOTO quad bikes”.

Stage 2 of the standard also requires the fitment of an operator protection device (OPD). To meet this requirement, Mojo Motorcycles worked with Quadbar, an Australian OPD manufacturer on a tailored OPD solution that will be installed by their dealers during the pre-delivery process.

“Quadbar was one of two OPD manufacturers listed in the Government standard. Being an Australian made product with 13 years of research and development invested in their design, we viewed them as a good partner to work with for the supply of OPDs to meet the requirements of stage 2 under the standard”, said Poynton.

The new stage 2 laws take effect from October 2021. For more information go to https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/quad-bikes


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