Safety concerns lead to calls for
compulsory wearing of helmets on quad bikes
- 4th August 2010
Doctors are calling for all riders of road-legal quad bikes to
wear helmets in a bid to cut the number of
road accident injuries caused by
collisions involving the vehicles.
Health professionals are saying that lives are being put at risk
as the wearing of helmets is not compulsory despite the bikes
reaching speeds of 90mph.
The warning comes as the sales of the bikes are increasing.
Suppliers have said that from selling a few hundred each year,
they have been selling thousands for the past five years.
Both comedian Rick Mayall and rock musician Ozzy Osbourne
suffered serious injuries when falling off their quad bikes.
Mayall spent five days in a coma following his quad
bike accident while Osbourne spent eight days in a coma, broke eight ribs and
punctured a lung.
The road safety minister Mike Penning said that the
government was not planning to make the wearing of
helmets compulsory but that the matter was under review
and it did encourage riders to wear a helmet.