News

Man, 88, fined for riding scooter across Gateway Bridge

GO VIA GATEWAY: John Endres couldn't believe he was booked for not paying a toll on the Gateway
GO VIA GATEWAY: John Endres couldn't believe he was booked for not paying a toll on the Gateway Noel Thompson

TOLL road operator Transurban has invoiced a Mundubbera man for crossing Brisbane's Gateway Bridge despite him not having visited Brisbane for more than a decade.

John Endres received a toll indicating he had travelled across the bridge on his mobility scooter but the 88-year-old said he had not been to the Queensland capital for at least 15 years.

Mr Endres was shocked to discover the go via toll invoice in his letterbox in August and immediately thought it was a scam.

"I took the notice down to the Mundubbera Police Station and reported it as a hoax because I know you can never be too careful," he said.

"The notice was for a $4.32 toll and it had escalated to $27.39 and was going up if I didn't pay it.

"People have tried to scam my wife and I before over the phone and I thought for a while this was just another one."

The licence plate number listed on the bill matched Mr Endres' mobility scooter but a Transurban spokeswoman said after Mr Endres queried the invoice it was cancelled.

"Upon investigation the customer service team identified that the notice had been issued in error," she said.

The spokeswoman did not explain how the mistake occurred.

Scooter laws

  • A motorised wheelchair or mobility scooter used by a person with a disability on a footpath or to cross roads must be registered as a motorised wheelchair
  • It can only be used where a pedestrian can travel

Topics:  editors picks, gateway bridge, go via, north burnett


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Eidsvold Races: Event celebrates Lions centenary

The 2016 Eidsvold Races will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lions.

THE Eidsvold Races will commemorate the International Lions Club.

Eidsvold Races: Huge prize haul on offer

Deidre Rackemann, Gayle Pott, Sue Payne, Judy McKenzie and Sophie Rackemann are all in the race for fashions on the field Photo Noel Thompson / Central & North Burnett Times

Huge prize haul on offer in the Fashions on the Field.

Eidsvold Races: Race day one for the family

Organisers have said the 2016 Eidsvold Races will be one for all the family.

ORGANISERS say the Eidsvold Races will be a fun day for families.

Latest deals and offers

Fruit packers to start facility tours

The new tourist attraction is set to open in Mundubbera next week.

Eidsvold Races: Event celebrates Lions centenary

The 2016 Eidsvold Races will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lions.

THE Eidsvold Races will commemorate the International Lions Club.

Eidsvold Races: Huge prize haul on offer

Deidre Rackemann, Gayle Pott, Sue Payne, Judy McKenzie and Sophie Rackemann are all in the race for fashions on the field Photo Noel Thompson / Central & North Burnett Times

Huge prize haul on offer in the Fashions on the Field.

Eidsvold Races: Race day one for the family

Organisers have said the 2016 Eidsvold Races will be one for all the family.

ORGANISERS say the Eidsvold Races will be a fun day for families.

Unconventional path to Gayndah

ALL SMILES: Muriel Glover said moving to Gayndah was one of the best decisions she ever made.Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times

Unconventional path to Gayndah

Our mandarin growers are doing it tough

LAST OF THE CROP: Narelle Emmertons latest Mandarin crop is almost done for the season.Contributed

Our mandarin growers are doing it tough

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Beyonce is better than Beethoven according to your dog

Sony research shows that dogs prefer Top 40 over classical.

Research commissioned by Sony shows that dogs like Top 40 more than classical.

Kevin Walters has done his homework on Moylan

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on May 29, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Qld Couch Kevin Walters is aware of NSW fullback.

Tribute to Cameron Smith on 37 games

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...