Man charged over latest Gold Coast bus attack

UPDATE: A MAN accused of blasting a bus driver during a heated road rage altercation on the Gold Coast yesterday has been charged with common assault and will face Southport Magistrates Court on May 30.

The 46-year-old man from New South Wales is accused of exiting his vehicle and entering a Surfside bus at a Ferny Avenue bus stop, near Cypress Avenue, in Surfers Paradise around 3pm on Wednesday following an apparent road rage incident.

It’s then alleged the man started hurling abuse at the driver, also 46, before aggressively grabbing him by the arm.


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Without causing further harm, the man let go of the driver, exited the bus and returned to his car which he used to flee the scene.

A few hours later, he handed himself into police.

Despite the latest incident following a series of recent high profile attacks on Gold Coast bus drivers, new figures released by Translink this week revealed assaults on drivers had actually fallen from 158 to just 31 in the last five years.

EARLIER: A SURFSIDE bus driver has been assaulted during a heated road rage attack on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

It’s understood a man exited his car and boarded the bus on Cypress Avenue in Surfers Paradise shortly after 3pm and assaulted the driver following an apparent road rage incident.

After blasting the bus driver, the attacker fled the scene in his car – believed to be a blue commodore – before police arrived.

Thankfully, the bus driver did not require medical attention.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.