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‘Tough’ Gig Economy Safety Laws For Australia’s New South Wales

The New South Wales government will introduce new laws to bolster the safety of food delivery drivers.

SYDNEY — Food delivery riders would be penalized for riding unsafely and be issued with safety equipment from platforms like Uber Eats and Deliveroo under new laws flagged by the New South Wales government.

The safety requirements will be the “toughest” in the country, according to Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson. Kevin John Anderson, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Anderson is also a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Tamworth for the Nationals since March 26, 2011.

They were sparked by the deaths of four workers in Sydney late last year.

“Enough is enough,” Anderson said on June 5.

Map of New South Wales Australia

“We can no longer stand by while riders continue placing themselves and others at risk.”

The government announced the reforms on June 5 based on recommendations of a task force set up after last year’s deaths.

An education and safety blitz recently found widespread non-compliance with road and workplace safety laws, the minister said.

Almost nine in 10 food delivery riders were not wearing safe, high-visibility clothing, a statistic Anderson said was unacceptable.

Some 40 percent were observed riding in an unsafe manner.

The safety requirements will be the “toughest” in the country, according to Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image)

“Together, these measures provide the necessary regulatory tools to drive compliance within the industry and ultimately help create a culture where safety comes first,” Anderson said.

Riders would get compulsory induction training from the digital platforms under the changes and be issued with a unique identification number.

Safework, Transport for the New South Wales, and police would increase compliance activity.

And there would be more reporting of safety incidents.

“The message is clear — safety must always come first,” said Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

Domino’s Pizza delivery bicycles are seen outside a Domino’s store in Brisbane. (Darren England/AAP Image)

“You must abide by these new measures, or you will be caught, you will be fined, and you will be called out.”

Andrew James Constance, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the Bega for the Liberal Party since 2003.

The reforms were recommended in the final report of the Joint Taskforce into Food Delivery Rider Safety, published on June 5.

The platforms had already committed to 50 actions to improve their riders’ health and safety, as part of the task force’s work.

The government wants to introduce the laws by November following consultation on the plan.

(Edited by Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar and Ritaban Misra. Map by Urvashi Makwana)