Mayor Tate declares war on electric scooters on the Gold Coast

Mayor Tom Tate wants a crackdown on electric scooters and powered skateboards on the Gold Coast because of fears they’re becoming a menace to pedestrians.

The scooters are particularly popular around Surfers Paradise especially among teenagers.

But a spate of recent near misses which have also featured on social media has prompted Council to act.


Mayor Tate says safety is the number one priority.

“Everyone wants to get out and enjoy our great lifestyle but the number of near misses I am seeing recorded on people’s private social media tells me there is a problem with this issue, particularly when people ride these boards and bikes at considerable speed on our esplanade foreshore areas and high-volume footpaths,” Mayor Tate said.

Mayor Tate will ask for a meeting with Queensland’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey to ensure State and Council laws are in sync.

“I don’t want to be a nanny state and I am not one for creating laws just for the sake of them,” Mayor Tate said.

“But these modern electric skateboards and e-bikes are getting more powerful and their speeds are such that a child or even an adult could be seriously injured.”

Council is hoping laws can be in place before Schoolies Week.