Meal delivery companies such as Deliveroo and Foodora offer its cycle couriers the flexibility to work when and where they want.
However, some food delivery riders appear to take a flexible approach to road rules.
Fairfax Media observed Deliveroo and Foodora riders cycling on busy footpaths, ignoring red lights and checking phones in traffic in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills and Newtown on a Friday night.
The workplace health and safety regulator, SafeWork NSW, received a complaint about Deliveroo riders riding without lights at night in the Sydney CBD in 2016.
“They’re regularly running red traffic lights, at night, without lights,” according to the complaint.
A bicycle is considered a vehicle and riders are obliged to follow the same road rules, while the law requires employers to ensure the safety of its workers.More than 1900 cyclists were seriously injured on NSW roads in the 12 months to September 2016, according to a Transport for NSW spokesman.”Delivery riders, like all road users, have an obligation to follow the rules to ensure their own safety and those of others on our roads,” he said. “The organisations they work for also have a responsibility to educate and encourage safe riding by their employees.”The chief executive […]