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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

New ATV Regulations

From 1 February 2017, the requirement for the operator and passengers of a quad bike or utility off-road vehicle to wear a motorcycle helmet will be legislated in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (roads rules). These mandatory helmet requirements already exist and are currently outlined in the Guideline for Conditionally Registered Vehicles in Queensland Form 17. However, these requirements will be transitioned to the road rules from 1 February 2017, and apply to the drivers and passengers of conditionally registered quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles being used on Queensland roads and road-related areas.

Bruce Saunders E-mail Extract:

 

"Good morning

 The purpose of this email is to inform you, as an organisation which provides training services for quad bike and/or utility off-road vehicle operations (commonly referred to as side-by-side vehicles or ATV’s), of the upcoming changes being implement from 1 February 2017.

 Your organisation plays a valuable role in the community by providing individuals with the necessary skills and information to operate these types of vehicles safely. If you could please distribute the following information in this email to the relevant staff within your organisations it would be greatly appreciated.

 From 1 February 2017, the requirement for the operator and passengers of a quad bike or utility off-road vehicle to wear a motorcycle helmet will be legislated in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (roads rules).

 

These mandatory helmet requirements already exist and are currently outlined in the Guideline for Conditionally Registered Vehicles in Queensland Form 17. However, these requirements will be transitioned to the road rules from 1 February 2017, and apply to the drivers and passengers of conditionally registered quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles being used on Queensland roads and road-related areas.

From 1 February 2017, a $362 fine may apply for failing to comply with the mandatory helmet requirements as well as 3 demerit points being incurred. This offence will also be subject to existing motorcycle helmet double demerit point penalties, so if two or more motorcycle helmet offences are committed within a 12 month period, the second and subsequent offences will incur double demerit points.

Passenger age-related restrictions will also be introduced in the roads rules from 1 February 2017 which will prohibit children under the age of eight from being carried as passengers on quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles, as well as any child if their feet cannot reach the footrests or cannot sit with their back against the seat and feet flat on the floor.

These changes are being introduced to ensure operating a quad bike or utility off-road vehicle is as safe as possible, and part of a broader commitment made to implement coronial recommendations concerning quad bike and utility off-road vehicle safety. These changes will also make offences associated with quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles more consistent with similar laws, such as the laws applicable when operating a motorcycle.

If you require any further information regarding the changes, please email your enquiry to Driver_Licensing_and_Road_Rules@tmr.qld.gov.au or alternatively, contact Nick Mackay, A/Principal Policy in the Transport Regulation Branch on (07) 3066 2129.

 

Kind regards,

Bruce Couch Manager (Registration Policy) | Transport Access And Use Transport Regulation Branch | Department of Transport and Main Roads"

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