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On February 19, Polaris Australia announced that it would withdraw all quad bike models from the Australian market when stage one of the Consumer Goods Safety Standard 2019 takes effect.
The new safety standard will require manufacturers to fit all quad bike models with OPD’s (operator protection devices) in two stages, starting from the 11th of October 2020. Australia currently complies to US and European standards.
Polaris has been opposing OPD’s due to the lack of evidence to support the safety and viability of the devices.
“Over recent years the Australian off-road vehicle market has experienced record levels of transference as farmers transition en masse from quad bikes, to Side by Side vehicles,” said Alan Collins, Managing Director of Polaris Australia & New Zealand. “Polaris has led this transition with its industry-leading range of 30 vehicles with ROPS, and the market shift has been helped along in no small part by the safety rebates offered by SafeWork NSW and WorkSafe Victoria.”
Bayldon Ag can confirm that farming and the recreational market has had a preference for Polaris side by side models for the last few years. The Polaris Ranger model, being by far the most popular with ROPS and seatbelts. https://bayldonag.com.au/product-category/polaris/
Polaris is withdrawing all ATVs (quad bikes) from sale by October 2020, including its current 50cc and 110cc Outlaw youth models. However, Polaris will continue to offer its incredibly unique, ROPS equipped, youth range comprising the single-seat ACE 150, sporty RZR 170 and Ranger 150 which is equipped with app-based speed control and geo-fencing.
1 Polaris ATVs (quad bikes) will very much remain in production for the rest of the world’s markets and full product support for parts and warranty will continue in Australia for at least the next decade.