Draft guidelines have been released for industry consultation to provide better protection for workers in New South Wales (NSW) in the food delivery industry.

The guidelines outline existing hazards in the industry, such as poorly maintained bikes, fatigue and extreme weather conditions, and the actions that must be taken by delivery platforms, drivers and restaurants to mitigate the risks.

The guidelines have been developed by the Gig Economy Joint Taskforce, led by SafeWork NSW and Transport for NSW. The Taskforce was established to investigate a number of food delivery rider fatalities.

“Any life lost on our roads is one too many,” said Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance.

“We know these food delivery riders are some of our most vulnerable road users. We want to do everything we can to guarantee they have the proper protections in place and ensure a day at work doesn’t end in tragedy.”

The Taskforce’s Final Report and recommendations are due to be provided to Government in April. More information on the work of the Taskforce, is available here.