Quad bike safety rebates available to farmers in NSW has doubled, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean recently announced.
The Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, which was introduced last July, gave farmers access to one-off rebate to buy helmets, undertake training, retrofit safety equipment to existing quad bikes, and/or buy a safer side-by-side farm vehicle.
The NSW Government has doubled the rate to $1000 for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle, $500 for retrofitting of safety equipment to an existing quad bike, and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet.
Farmers can also apply for two rebates, which means they can be eligible for up to $2000 rather than the original $500 if they are buying side-by-sides.
Since 2011, there has been a total of 111 people who have died due to quad bike incidents nationally. About 29 of these incidents happened in NSW.
“Every fatality has an immeasurable effect on families, friends, and communities, and this government is wholeheartedly committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by quad bikes in the workplace,” said Mr. Kean.
A new online quad bike safety presentation has also been launched last week to provide farmers easy access to important information.
To qualify for the rebates, farmers should complete the online course, do a quad bike safety course, or interact with a SafeWork NSW officer.
“We understand farming is a tough and demanding business, and it can be difficult for property owners to drop everything to attend a training day or meet with a SafeWork NSW inspector,” said Mr. Kean.
“While these options will still be offered, this online teaching tool will allow farmers to access quad bike safety advice at a time that is most convenient to them and, more importantly, give them easier access to the rebates that might save their lives.”