Consumer safety standard for quad bikes

Quad bikes are a leading cause of worker injury and death in the agriculture industry.  

The Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 aims to prevent quad bike injuries and deaths. 

The standard started in October 2019 after a long investigation and recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).  

Consumer safety laws for quad bike safety 

From 11 October 2020, all new quad bikes and imported second-hand quad bikes must: 

  • meet the US standard for quad bikes, ANSI/SVIA 1-2017, or the European standard, EN 15997:2011 

  • be tested for lateral static stability and display the angle at which they tip on 2 wheels on a hang tag – to inform purchasing decisions 

  • have a durable label affixed that is visible and legible when the quad bike is in operation, alerting the operator to the risk of rollover, and 

  • include rollover safety information in the owner’s manual or information handbook. 

From 11 October 2021, all new general-use quad bikes and imported second-hand general use quad bikes must: 

  • be fitted with an operator protection device (OPD), or have one integrated into its design, and 

  • meet the minimum stability requirements. 

Minimum stability requirements 

The minimum stability requirements are:   

  • lateral stability – a minimum Tilt Table Ratio (TTR) of 0.55 (28.81 degrees), and 

  • front and rear longitudinal pitch stability – a minimum TTR of 0.8 (38.65 degrees).