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.


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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.