FARMERS are rushing to get in on the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme, with the program receiving more than 100 applications less than a week after it opened last Saturday.
The Victorian Farmers Federation, which is administering the State Government’s $6 million initiative to encourage farmers to fit their quad bikes with operator protection devices (OPDs) or buy a safer alternative vehicle, confirmed it had received 106 applications by Friday morning.
“We’re all excited at the response we’ve had to the scheme and we hope people keep calling to take advantage of this fantastic rebate offer,” VFF Vice President Brett Hosking said.
“OPDs and other protection are vital to protect farmers, their families, and their workers from the risks of using quad bikes.
“For every application we process, there’s one more quad bike being fitted with safety gear to protect a farmer from the risk of rollovers, and the enthusiastic response we’ve had to the program shows that farmers right across Victoria are dedicated to ensuring they run a safe operation.”
Farmers can tap into the VFF’s www.bequadsafe.com.au website to claim up to $1200 (GST exempt) in rebates on OPDs, side-by-side (SSV) and other alternate vehicles.
Applicants have so far rushed to claim the rebate on OPDs, with around 60 applying for rebates on the $600 Quadbar and about 8 opting for the more expensive ATV Lifeguard, valued at $1200. The other 38 applicants have applied for rebates on alternative vehicles.
All rebates will be available for a period of two years or until the funds are exhausted – whichever occurs first. Rebates will also be allocated on a first-in first-served basis to eligible applicants with complete applications.
“The scheme is open to all farmers and we’re encouraging everyone to get in early to take advantage of the rebate offer,” Mr Hosking said.
“We’re hoping to process more than 5000 applications while the scheme is open and we’re off to a rollicking start!”
Any farmer who has purchased an approved OPD or alternative vehicle from September 1 is eligible for the rebate.
Further details on farmer eligibility for the scheme can be found at www.bequadsafe.com.au or by calling the VFF on 1300 945 030 for an application.