INGERSOLL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2012) - The All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) strongly disagree with the statements made in a position paper written by Natalie Yanchar and published on the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) website in its Position Statements and Practice Points, stating that all youth under 16 years of age should be banned from riding ATVs.
Although some medical professionals believe the best way to prevent injuries is simply to prohibit all children under age 16 from riding ATVs of any size, safety practitioners advocate measures to manage the risks, recognizing that the young people most at risk are likely to ride ATVs anyway. They advocate a combination of enforceable regulations, training and public education, and mandatory use of vehicles engineered for children.
The AQCC urges governments to assess the lack of depth of these studies, and instead rely upon the ATV safety experts, who are the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Canada Safety Council (CSC). These organizations do not recommend a ban as the most effective way to improving safety.
The Canada Safety Council maintains that to ban the use of ATVs by children under age 16 would be a mistake. Enforcement would be difficult (if not impossible) on private property and in northern and rural communities where ATV use is common, and not just for recreation. A ban could also result in the removal of youth-size machines for sale in the market place. Youth would be put at risk if their only choice was to ride an adult size ATVs. Age appropriate ATVs will help prevent accidents.
CPSC studies found that around 90 percent of injuries to children under 16 occur on adult-sized ATVs. The CPSC also says children younger than 16 on adult-sized ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as those riding ATVs designed specifically for youth.
"The AQCC is actively involved in rider safety education and training," stated Wayne Daub, AQCC General Manager. Daub added "Through the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI), AQCC offers its national CASI ATV RiderCourse. The CASI ATV RiderCoursesm is the most up-to-date ATV Safety Course in Canada, which incorporates both theoretical learning and hands-on practice for adults and youth."
The All-Terrain/Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) is a not-for-profit organization with representation from ten off highway vehicle Federations / Associations across Canada. One of the top priorities for each Federation / Association is to promote the safe and responsible use of OHV's (Off highway vehicles) in their respective Province. The Federations / Associations felt strong enough about this to introduce a world renowned education and safety training program to the Canadian market place in 2010 called "The Canadian AQCC Safety Institute" or CASI for short. More information on CASI can be found at www.atvquad.ca.