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Quad bike safety steps

Quad bike injuries can be prevented - they aren't part of the job.


Step 1 - Riders must be trained/experienced enough to do the job

Before anyone rides your quad bikes assess their skills. If they need training the best option is a skills course. For information on accredited training providers visit: NZQA or call 0800 697 296. Or contact your local quad bike dealer and ask about courses in your area.


Step 2 - Choose the right vehicle for the job

When choosing the right vehicle for the job pay close attention to what your quad bike owner’s manual says about carrying passengers. Most manufacturers’ manuals say passengers should not be carried. Also consider the maximum towed and carried load limits for your quad bike. 


Step 3 - Always wear a helmet

Helmets can be the difference between walking away from an accident and suffering a permanent, life-changing brain injury. 


Step 4 - Don’t let kids ride adult quad bikes

Quad bike manufacturers set minimum ages for using their bikes based on the age when young people have sufficient strength, body weight and mental ability to master the safe riding techniques. On all adult-sized quad bikes (over 90cc) sold in New Zealand that age is 16 or older.


More safety tips

  • Keep quad bikes maintained in a safe condition.
  • Take care on slopes and rough terrain – don’t exceed the capabilities of the bike.
  • Don’t do tasks that interfere with safe riding – keep both hands on the bike, eyes on the ground in front.


Last updated 28 June 2013

Did you know?

Quad bikes are involved in approximately 28% of all work-related farm deaths.


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.