27 Aug 2013

Quad bikes under safety spotlight

7:11 am on 27 August 2013

Australian farmers will soon have access to information which compares the stability of different makes and models of quad bikes.

The move follows a spate of fatalities on Australian farms; 30 people have died in quad bike crashes in the past 18 months, making them even more dangerous than tractors, the ABC reports.

A University of New South Wales team is testing the stability of 16 different models and will develop a safety star rating system to help farmers work out whether they're using the safest tool for the job.

The new system will be rolled out next year.

Five people are a year on average are killed in quad bike accidents on New Zealand farms.