Farmers operating quad bikes must now wear helmets and have undergone quad bike training as of Monday, 20 November.
A quad bike training course, which is provided by a registered training provider to a QQI standard or equivalent, must be successfully completed by farmers.
In addition, operators will be required to wear an approved helmet at all times when on the bike, aiming to reduce the number and severity of head injuries.
Carrying passengers on a quad bike is strictly prohibited. The extended seat is designed for active riding, allowing operators to shift their body weight for various slope conditions. It is not intended for carrying additional passengers.
The minimum age for operating farm-type quad bikes is 16, usually indicated on the quad itself.
The primary causes of fatalities and serious injuries related to quad bikes are:
The underlying reasons behind these accidents typically involve one or more of the following factors: