A food delivery rider in Sydney is in a serious condition after a crash in the city’s south only 200 metres from where another rider died last year while working.
- A 20-year-old food delivery driver is in hospital after his scooter was hit by a car
- Last year four riders were killed on Sydney roads and a taskforce was set up to investigate the deaths
- New rules currently being considered aim to provide better protection for workers
The 20-year-old man was riding a scooter at about 9:00pm yesterday when he was hit by a car at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Rockdale Plaza Drive, Rockdale.
He sustained serious head injuries and remains in a serious condition at St George Hospital where he is expected to undergo surgery.
The 22-year-old woman driving the car was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing and has since been released.
Police are appealing for information and dashcam or CCTV footage from the area at the time of the crash as their investigations continue.
Father of three, Khaled Bouzidi, said he held the hand of the delivery rider to keep him responsive as he lay on the street bleeding.
He said he heard the crash happen from his nearby home and rushed out to help while others called emergency services.
“I just did my best because that is what I learnt at my first aid certificate, just squeeze their hand and try and get the person to be responsive,” he said.
“A group gathered around him and everyone was shocked as we waited for the ambulance.”
There has been a spate of delivery driver deaths in recent months, with four people killed on Sydney roads late last year.
Bijoy Paul, 22, from Bangladesh was on a delivery for UberEats when he was hit by a car in Rockdale last November.
He was on a bicycle when he was hit by a car at the corner of Princes Highway and Lister Avenue after picking up a delivery from the nearby McDonald’s.
He died several hours later in hospital.
In 2020 the NSW government set up the Gig Economy Joint Taskforce to investigate the recent deaths of food delivery riders.
Last month the taskforce issued draft guidelines to food delivery companies and said common hazards that needed to be managed included “unsafe systems of work”, like “poorly designed apps” and “unrealistic estimated delivery times” resulting in time pressures and unsafe riding.
The guidelines called on delivery companies to make sure the app used by riders is designed to be used safely on the road and is based on average rider speeds and traffic conditions, to not result in “unreasonable time pressures and physical exhaustion”.
They also called on companies to design their apps to recognise rider fatigue, so they can lock riders out after 12 hours of working and not allow them to log back in for another 10 hours.
Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson said the draft guidelines would be included in an Industry Safety Action Plan to be released in April.
However the Transport Workers Union said direct government intervention was needed as a non-binding plan will not force food delivery companies to make the required changes.
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