Honda have introduced it would not provide quad bikes to the Australian market from 2021.
The transfer is available in response to adjustments in minimal security requirements enacted by the Australian Authorities in October 2019, as advisable by a number of state coroners together with a prolonged investigation by the Australian Competitors and Client Fee.
The information comes as little shock to business, as Honda threatened their intent to maneuver out of the market as early as May 2019, ought to the improved security requirements be adopted.
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Director of Honda Australia motorbike and energy tools Robert Toscano stated the corporate would not promote quad bikes in Australia after the tenth October 2021.
Whereas different suppliers are already transferring to undertake the brand new commonplace, or alternatively transitioning prospects to alternate options reminiscent of side-by-side autos, Mr Toscano stated the brand new commonplace represented a set of laws that would not be completely met by any quad bike available in the market at present and ‘pressured’ Honda to exit the quad market.
“The brand new commonplace is extraordinarily disappointing for farm security and the numerous farmers who depend on quad bikes day-after-day,” he stated.
“The protection of our prospects is paramount, we are going to by no means compromise on this.
“Now that the foundations have modified, it means we’ve to say goodbye to our ATV line up down underneath.”
Mr Toscano stated the corporate would proceed to advocate for security measures the corporate imagine are ‘confirmed’ reminiscent of mandating helmets, supporting journey coaching and stopping kids underneath the age of 16 from driving grownup sized quad bikes.
“Security requirements should be evidence-based, in each standards and testing strategies, to internationally accepted requirements,” he stated.
“Honda has offered analysis to indicate the unfavorable outcomes of the governments’ proposal however sadly it was not thought of and we’re right here on this place at present.”
Mr Toscano stated the corporate would proceed to supply elements and repair for its ATV vary for a minimum of the following ten years, and would proceed tot provide its vary of side-by-side autos and agricultural motorbikes.
Producers Polaris and Yamaha has additionally stated they are going to discontinue quad bikes gross sales in Australia by October 2021.