Honda has announced it will not supply quad bikes to the Australian market from 2021.
The decision results from a 12-month stand-off when Honda publicly threatened its intent to withdraw from the Australian market in May 2019.
The announcement by Honda is due to changes in minimum safety standards enacted by the Australian Government in October 2019.
Honda stated the new standard represented a set of regulations that could not be met by any quad bike in the market today and this had ‘forced’ Honda to quit the Australian market.
Honda provided its own evidence to the Australian government and claimed this was not considered by the Australian authorities.
Honda stressed the company would continue to advocate for ‘proven’ safety measures such as mandatory use of helmets, driver training and preventing children under 16 years of age riding adult-sized quad bikes.
Honda will cease supplying quad bikes to the Australian market from October 10, 2021.
The company will continue to supply parts and service for its All-Terrain Vehicle range (ATV) for at least 10 years. The company is set to continue supply its range of side-by-side vehicles and agricultural motorbikes.