Extension of a rebate scheme to encourage farmers to have roll cages fitted to their existing quad bikes will help to reduce the number of on-farm incidents.
That's according to the peak agricultural employers body Primary Employers Tasmania, who were responded to the announcement made by the state government last week.
Building and Construction Minister Elise Archer announced the government would be extending its rebate scheme for quad bike roll cages by another 12 months.
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Primary Employers Tasmania president Felicity Richards said quad bikes were one of the top two pieces of equipment that caused serious injury and death.
"They are right up there with tractors and livestock," she said. Ms Richards said extending the rebate scheme would give farmers the confidence they could get the roll cages fitted now, instead of waiting for further cash flow.
"Most farmers have multiple quad bikes, so having them all fitted could be considerable outlay," she said.
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Quad bikes had their place on farm, she said, and they were particularly helpful on dairy farms, but it was important that safety rules and regulations were adhered to.
"Asphyxiation and rollovers are the most common forms of death involving a quad bike, so roll cages are imperative," she said.
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"Anything we can do to reduce the number of incidents and accidents is something we support."
The rebate scheme was due to expire on June 30, 2020 has been extended until October 10, 2021. The scheme allows farmers to receive a rebate of up to 50 per cent of the purchase price of an approved operation protection device. Since the scheme was introduced in July 2019, 103 applications have been approved, totaling more than $54,000.
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