Queensland's transport minister has defended his approval of the use of Segways in Queensland amid claims he ignored a string of safety warnings.

Queensland is the first state to approve the personal mobility vehicles, which are allowed to hit footpaths and bikeways from Thursday.

The Courier-Mail reports documents obtained under Right To Information shows safety concerns were raised by police, the National Transport Commission and transport department officials.

They were all ignored, the paper said.

But Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the warnings were taken on board and informed the government's safety strategy.

"That's why we announced the other week the safety measures we are putting place that are much tougher than in other parts of the world where Segways are widely used," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

He said measures included bans on people under 12 using Segways.

"We looked to a balanced approach," he said.

Concerns raised included the use of Segways on footpaths that are only marginally wider, poor manoeuvrability in wet weather, wide turning circles and insurance issues.

Segway riders will be required to wear a helmet and aren't allowed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

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