Hundreds fined in Qld e-scooter crackdown

A crackdown on e-scooter offences has led to almost 800 fines being issued by Queensland authorities since November.

Nearly 400 riders have been caught without a helmet, while 161 were nabbed on prohibited roads and 52 while exceeding the speed limit.

Almost 50 operators have been fined for illegally carrying a passenger and 23 have been accused of failing to stop at a red light.

"E-scooters and other personal mobility devices are a convenient way to travel and are great for the environment and our tourism sector but unfortunately we continue to see some people do the wrong thing," Transport Minister Mark Bailey said on Saturday.

Queensland cut footpath speed limits for e-scooters and increased fines for some offences to more than $1000 in a suite of changes targeting reckless users on November 1.

Under the rules, the maximum speed for e-scooters and other mobility devices like e-skateboards were slashed to 12km/h on shared paths, with people caught breaking the limit to be hit with a minimum $143 fine.

A speed limit of 25km/h remains on infrastructure like bike paths and local streets.

Warning bells are now mandatory for all devices and penalties can extend to a $1078 fine for anyone caught using a mobile phone while riding.

Riders caught drinking face fines of $431, while they can be penalised $143 for not wearing a helmet or "doubling".

"Its critical people understand and follow these new rules to ensure they keep themselves and those around them safe," Mr Bailey said.

"While we want people to be able to use these devices, it's important they're safe for the riders and those they interact with."

Transport researchers warned earlier this month that a "patchwork" of conflicting laws governing electric scooter use across Australia was putting riders and pedestrians at risk.

Over the new year period, a serious e-scooter incident left a NSW man in an induced coma and two teenaged Queensland riders suffered "critical injuries" following an accident involving a car.

A recent e-scooter trial in Melbourne also revealed more than 250 crashes over the course of a year.