The ACCC has formed a taskforce to investigate and determine whether to recommend to the Commonwealth Minister for Small Business 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.
Consultation on the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper closed on 15 December 2017. Submissions received will be reviewed by the ACCC and published on the ACCC website in due course. This information will be used to inform the development of a draft recommendation.
The ACCC is developing a draft recommendation which is planned for release in early 2018 for consultation.
A final recommendation will be provided to the Minister 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.