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Motor Industry wants mandatory safety rules for ATVs

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Words: Nile Bijoux
9 Jul 2018

The Motor Industry Association has called for a mandatory set of rules regarding the use of ATVs and small utility vehicles in the workplace.

David Crawford, chief executive officer of the MIA, says “safe use of small vehicles on farms such as farm bikes, ATV (quad bikes) and side-by-side vehicles is of paramount importance to manufacturers, distributors, dealerships and their customers.”

Studies into ATV safety have found several key areas for improvement to reduce the rate of serious injuries and fatalities from ATV use. These include compulsory use of helmets for all riders, that children under the age of 16 should be barred from using full-size ATVs, and the banning of passengers from single-seat ATVs.

The MIA has written to the Minister for Workplace Safety, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway calling on him to mandate the above. The Association has also asked the Government to consider making it compulsory for seat belts to be used when operating side-by-side vehicles where these are fitted by the manufacturer.

“Other important safety messages are for users to keep their vehicles well maintained, ensure users are trained in how to properly use them, never exceed the manufacturer's guidelines for loading and towing, and select the right vehicle for the job,” said Crawford.

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