QUAD BIKE CRASH: A man, 70, was airlifted from north of Murgon after he suffered suspected head injuries after a quad bike crash in 2016.
QUAD BIKE CRASH: A man, 70, was airlifted from north of Murgon after he suffered suspected head injuries after a quad bike crash in 2016. RACQ CareFlight Rescue

How can we make quad bikes and ATVs safer?

ATV manufacturers, dealers and farmers are uniting to fight proposed engineering changes to quad bikes, fearing they could do more harm than good.

The ACCC is pushing for mandatory Crush Protection Devices on All-Terrain Vehicles but industry research and other survey data show that they won't work.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is concerned that there is a rush to install CPDs without evidence to support them.

Instead, it is proposing 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.

ATV safety expert Mark Collins said there was evidence these safety measures would reduce deaths by more than 50percent.

He noted that none of the past 29 coronial inquests into ATV deaths recommended fitting CPDs.

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