Langbroek urges scooter ban before Schoolies

16 Nov 2018 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

LNP Member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek has accused the Brisbane Labor Government of putting the safety of Schoolies at risk by failing to ban motorised scooters from footpaths ahead of the weekend.

After over two years of inaction from the Brisbane Labor Government, Mr Langbroek called on Minister Mark Bailey to ban motorised scooters from footpaths before Schoolies descend upon his electorate of Surfers Paradise.

“Along with city leaders, I’ve been campaigning for motorised scooters to be banned from footpaths for over two years, and today is the day that Labor must take action,” he said.

“It’s vital that this ban is brought in before Schoolies since safety issues are more pronounced at a time when motorised scooter hire companies boast about the fact that you don’t need a licence, CTP insurance, and there is no age restriction.

“Despite there being countless accidents and near misses between pedestrians and people riding motorised scooters, so far, Labor has done nothing but shift the blame to our hardworking police who are already under-resourced and understaffed.

“The patience of locals and visitors who have feared for their safety while walking from the Surfers Esplanade to Narrowneck is wearing thin, and the last thing we want to see is a young graduate suffering the consequences of being injured or causing an injury to someone else.”

Mr Langbroek said safety is his number one priority in Surfers Paradise, especially during Schoolies Week.

“My advice to Schoolies is to be safe, watch your mates, and be mindful and courteous of the residents who live in the Schoolies precinct,” he said.

“My kids went to schoolies, and I was always confident that they were safe in the hands of volunteers from Crime Stoppers, Red Frogs, Drug ARM Australasia, Gold Coast Youth Service, Rosies, State Emergency Services, Volunteers in Policing, and the Chill Out Zone.

“Gold Coasters are famous for our enthusiasm towards volunteering, especially after the Commonwealth Games, and it’s important that everyone recognises the efforts of these volunteers who often work long and late.”

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