Delivery services riders disregard road rules

Meal delivery companies, including Foodora and Deliveroo, are under fire after some riders were caught out ignoring basic road rules.

Fairfax Media has reported riders from the two companies have been observed cycling on busy footpaths, ignoring red lights and checking phones in traffic in the middle of Sydney’s CBD.

Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Foodora Australia Toon Gyssell defended the company claiming it did not make any compromises on safety.

“We work with authorities and bicycle communities across Australia to ensure bicycle safety on the road,” Mr Gyseell said.

Mr Gyssell said Foodora delivery riders were required to pass a test that addressed perils on the road, as well as an assessment of skills and the technical suitability of their vehicle.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said commercial bike riders were not exempt from the road rules.

“Cyclists need to obey road rules to ensure their safety, especially in busy city areas where there are high numbers pedestrians, along with other vehicles on the road,” Ms Ritchie said.

For more information on rules for cyclists in Queensland see the Department of Transport and Main Roads webpage.