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.
Many of the delivery riders are international students or migrants, less experienced with local driving rules and conditions.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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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