The ACCC has formed a taskforce to investigate and determine whether to recommend to the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer that he make a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
A safety standard for quad bikes could:
- require quad bikes to be tested in accordance with a national quad bike safety rating system
- prohibit unsafe design features or mandate requirements for design and construction
- prescribe the form and content of any warnings or instructions that need to accompany quad bikes at the point of sale, including the safety rating achieved by the quad bike.
A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released for a six-week public consultation period on 22 March 2018. The RIS includes the five policy options being considered, the ACCCs preliminary recommendation as well as a series of questions for stakeholder consideration.
The ACCC is inviting interested parties to provide a submission online via the consultation hub by COB 4 May 2018.
Consultation on the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper closed on 15 December 2017. Submissions received have been reviewed by the ACCC and published on the consultation hub. The information provided in the submissions has been used to inform the development of the RIS.
Following the consultation period, the ACCC will review submissions received in response to the RIS. These will be used to inform the final recommendation which will be provided to the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer by mid-2018.
The ACCC taskforce is working closely with an Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) focused on the safety of quad bikes, which is led by the Department of Employment.
The primary role of the IDC is to investigate developing a safety star rating system, which may be implemented through a safety standard.
The IDC will establish a Technical Review Group (TRG) to inform the development of the safety star rating system.
The ACCC may draw on the TRG for technical advice in the development of a draft recommendation.