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Quad bike warning after bad accident

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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SAFETY advice has been issued to quad bike riders after a man was left seriously hurt after falling from one.

Government chiefs and road safety bosses have drawn up some 'top tips' for people who own or are set to use one of the four-wheeled vehicles in the coming weeks in Burton or South Derbyshire.

This comes after the Mail reported how a 61-year-old man had to be taken to hospital after falling off a quad bike in Yoxall earlier this week.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake said: "Quad bikes handle neither like a car nor a motorcycle.

"Their response can be sudden.

They can be easily overturned if not controlled properly when going uphill or downhill, crossing obstacles or cornering – these manoeuvres require specific precautions and technique which need to be developed."

A quad bike's engine varies between 50cc and 650cc, according to the model.

Quad bikes must be approved, registered, taxed and have an MOT (if needed) to be used on the road.

Most quad bikes cannot be used on the road because they don't meet road safety standards.

To drive a quad bike on the road people need to have a full car licence.

Quad bike drivers and passengers don't have to wear crash helmets, but it is recommended.

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