Honda have introduced it’s going to not provide quad bikes to the Australian market from 2021.
The transfer is available in response to modifications in minimal security requirements enacted by the Australian Authorities in October 2019, as beneficial 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 gear Robert Toscano mentioned 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 customary, or alternatively transitioning prospects to options reminiscent of side-by-side autos, Mr Toscano mentioned the brand new customary represented a set of laws that might not be completely met by any quad bike available in the market as we speak and ‘compelled’ Honda to exit the quad market.
“The brand new customary is extraordinarily disappointing for farm security and the numerous farmers who depend on quad bikes every single day,” he mentioned.
“The protection of our prospects is paramount, we are going to by no means compromise on this.
“Now that the principles have modified, it means we’ve to say goodbye to our ATV line up down underneath.”
Mr Toscano mentioned the corporate would proceed to advocate for security measures the corporate consider 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 have to be evidence-based, in each standards and testing strategies, to internationally accepted requirements,” he mentioned.
“Honda has supplied analysis to point out the adverse outcomes of the governments’ proposal however sadly it was not thought-about and we’re right here on this place as we speak.”
Mr Toscano mentioned the corporate would proceed to offer components and repair for its ATV vary for at the very least the subsequent ten years, and would proceed tot supply its vary of side-by-side autos and agricultural motorbikes.
Producers Polaris and Yamaha has additionally mentioned they’ll discontinue quad bikes gross sales in Australia by October 2021.