RACQ executive manager Steve Spalding said new mandatory helmet rules which come into effect on November 1 would help save lives.
RACQ executive manager Steve Spalding said new mandatory helmet rules which come into effect on November 1 would help save lives. Contributed

New helmet laws for Queensland quad bikers

RACQ is alerting quad bike riders and passengers to new laws which will make it compulsory for them to wear helmets when using public roads or related spaces.

RACQ executive manager Steve Spalding said new mandatory helmet rules which come into effect on November 1 would help save lives.

"Too many Queenslanders are being killed and seriously injured in quad bike incidents, so this is a good first step in improving quad bike safety," Mr Spalding said.

"However we'd encourage the use of helmets wherever possible, particularly when it comes to off-road recreational riders.

"We know quad bikes are an essential part of life on many farms, and it's vital that all quad biker riders are fully aware of the dangers these very capable machines pose if used incorrectly or unsafely."

Mr Spalding said the law change was a direct result of recommendations from the State Coroner's investigation into quad bike related deaths.

"The Coroner's report shows head injuries account for a third of quad bike fatalities, and in 84% of those cases people weren't wearing helmets," he said.

CareFlight Critical Care Doctor C Juni Jobson said RACQ CareFlight Rescue crews flew to the aid of 87 people injured in recreational vehicle accidents in 2014-15.

"Severe injuries are mainly caused by lack of helmets or other protective equipment, rider inexperience or dangerous behaviour," Dr Jobson said.

"Often riders assume four wheels offer better stability than a two-wheeled motorbike, however, at moderate speeds and on slopes quad bikes are prone to tipping and rolling.

"CareFlight and its crew are fully supportive of this new initiative which will save lives."

The Queensland Government has written to existing registered quad bike owners to advise them of the change, which carries a $282 fine for non-compliance.



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