Food delivery rider injuries down by 70% latest NSW government data shows - ZDNet

The latest data released by the NSW government shows the amount of reported food delivery rider injuries between April and June 2021 were down 70%. On a year-on-year comparison, there were six reported rider injuries during the quarter, compared to 25 last year. The NSW government has pinned the significant reduction on the work it has been doing to improve safety standards for gig economy platforms and riders. "Despite more and more riders being on the road, it's reassuring to see that injury and fatality rates have reduced significantly since last year," Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said. "Over the past six months we've worked tirelessly with the industry and with riders to highlight the need for increased safety in the sector, and although it's still early days, our efforts are starting to make a difference." In June, the state government said it would introduce a set of new laws that aim to better protect the safety of gig economy and food delivery workers, while also cracking down on unsafe practices by riders. Some of the new measures would include ensuring food delivery platforms provide riders with personal protective equipment and implement compulsory induction training, as well as introducing a new penalty system for non-compliant riders who are found to not be wearing safe, high-visibility clothing, breaking road rules when riding, or using vehicles that are not roadworthy. These new changes would be implemented as part of amendments to the...

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