New legislation will come into effect in Ireland on November 20, 2023, which will require all operators of an ATV to complete a relevant safety course.
An amendment was made to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations SI 299/2007, to introduce two new requirements for anyone operating an ATV/quad.
- The first new requirement makes it mandatory for all quad operators to have completed an all-terrain vehicle safety training course provided by a registered training provider.
- Secondly, all quad operators must also wear a protective helmet when operating a quad.
Past HSA investigations pinpointed a lack of training and no head protection as the main cause of accidents. The new legislation will mean that all users of ATVs in connection with their work will be obliged to undergo mandatory training and wear head protection.
The legislation is aimed at reducing the number of accidents involving ATVs, ultimately saving lives.
The participants of an authorised course will gain the knowledge, skills and attitude to operate an ATV in a competent and safe manner, and once complete, they will receive a certificate of competence which will be valid for five years.
The professional course will provide information on machine safety, the law, transmissions, vehicle inspection, riding techniques, hill climbs and carrying loads and riding on diverse terrain.