Delivery rider deaths in Australia prompt calls for safety overhaul

Many of the delivery riders are international students or migrants, less experienced with local driving rules and conditions. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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SYDNEY - The Australian authorities are under pressure to impose tougher protections for food delivery riders, after a spike in accidents and deaths following a surge in demand for deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the initial nationwide lockdown last March, delivery services have surged - a phenomenon that is evident each night as the city's streets are suddenly dominated by riders from a range of delivery firms.

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