Why food delivery riders are causing ‘total anarchy’ on Australia’s roads and footpaths by ignoring the law and common decency – as grandfather, 89, dies in crash
- Cyclists and food delivery drivers are causing ‘total, utter anarchy’ on NSW roads
- The chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia blames poor enforcement
- Harold Scruby is stepping down from a taskforce to protect food delivery drivers
- He said ‘no one is enforcing the laws’ while he referenced cyclists fine statistics
Food delivery riders are causing ‘total utter anarchy’ for pedestrians and drivers on Sydney’s roads, the chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia claims.
Harold Scruby is blaming a lack of law enforcement for cyclists and delivery riders causing havoc on major roads, even leading to a number of tragic deaths.
He referenced the death of an 89-year-old grandfather, Chengyi Shi, who died after he was hit by a rider who ran a red light on an electric bike in Kirribilli.
Mr Scruby feels so strongly about the problem that he has stepped down from a taskforce that attempts to protect food delivery riders through better regulation.
The lack of law enforcement is being blamed for the ‘total, utter anarchy’ of food delivery drivers
He claimed that the taskforce had been a failure since it was created by the NSW government following four delivery driver deaths.
‘We have to have enforcement. It’s total, utter anarchy, no one is enforcing the laws,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Last year only seven riders were fined in NSW for riding on footpaths and 56 were fined for not dismounting at pedestrian crossings while just one was booked for speeding, according to statistics attained by the Pedestrian Council.
Harold Scruby said ‘if riders followed the law, there’d be less crashes’ as he referenced the death of an 89-year-old man after he was hit by a cyclist who ran a red light
Mr Scruby said he believes if the riders were following the laws there would be less accidents.
‘We maintained the whole way through if riders followed the law, there’d be less crashes,’ he said.
‘It’s anarchy and the worst offenders are the food delivery couriers on their electric bikes – many of which have been souped up.’
The Transport Workers Union have also pulled out of the taskforce with Unions NSW currently in the process of stepping away.
Mr Scruby said that delivery drivers were the worst offenders who often rode souped up electric bikes