20 Nov Quad bike laws in operation
On 20 November 2023 the new quad bike laws came into force. Under the new regulations, operators of quads must complete an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety training course provided by a registered training provider to a QQI standard or equivalent.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places a legal obligation on farmers to ensure that plant and machinery are safe and without risk to health.
The Health and Safety Authority has been advising operators of Quad Bikes (ATVs) to undertake training as soon as possible and to wear appropriate personal protective equipment particularly a Quad Bike (ATV) helmet as recommended by the manufacturer or identified through risk assessment.
Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the HSA, said that where inspectors see quads during regular inspections, inspectors will be seeking confirmation for the completion of training and the use of a helmet.
Over the past decade (2013–2022) there have been 10 farm fatalities involving quads, of which two were under 18 and six were over 65 years of age.