Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Quad Safari0
Quad Bikes and the Law
There are several laws regarding quad bikes which need to be adhered to when you’re planning your quad biking adventures.
Many people believe that quad bikes are more stable, because they have four wheels instead of two. However, this is not always the case. Quad bikes can reach quite a high speed, and weigh a lot more than you may think. Due to this speed and weight, quad bike accidents regularly lead to serious injury, even fatalities. Quad Bike laws are put into place for your safety – stick to the law and drive sensibly, and the risk of an accident is greatly decreased.
Some of the current quad biking laws:
- They are only legal on public roads if they are un-modified, and being driven by somebody who is over the age of 16 and who is also fully insured.
- Even on private land, children under 13 are now allowed to drive a quad bike, or even be a passenger on one.
- Children aged 13+ are allowed to ride quad bikes on private land, but only if they are of appropriate size and power, and after they have received formal training.
There is actually no legal requirement for quad bike drivers or passengers to wear helmets, but the Department for Transport highly recommends that you do so. It is also widely recommended that you refrain from carrying passengers on your bike.
On average, two people die as a result of quad bike accidents every year. An estimated 1,000+ serious injuries are caused every year by similar incidents.
If you’re planning a quad biking adventure or are looking to buy a quad bike, always make sure that you check the relevant laws and regulations first. Remember, they have been put in place to protect you.