Deliveroo runners refuse to work in parts of London after wave of acid attacks | The independent


Some Deliveroo runners have refused to work in parts of London after a wave of acid attacks.

The food delivery company said 71 of its drivers turned down jobs in London and seven were reassigned to different locations after voicing concerns for their safety.

A Deliveroo moped was among those attacked in a rampage in London’s Hackney district last month that left five people injured in 90 minutes.

Another moped from rival delivery company UberEats, Jabed Hussein, was also attacked that night.

He told the BBC Victoria Derbyshire program: “It was like I had a fire in my face, I was screaming in the street.

“It shouldn’t be a job where your life should be in danger.

“The pilots I know now check in at 22:00, it’s too dangerous afterwards.

“Most of them won’t work after that, even though we were working until 1:00 am.

“Now I feel like I’m working in some kind of jungle, like anything can eat me up, I’m not safe.”

Deliveroo said Thursday it had introduced a series of measures to help protect drivers, including a new app feature that allows drivers to raise safety concerns regarding particular locations. The company is also testing helmet cameras to allow bikers to gather evidence that can aid future police investigations and said it plans to hire 50 new employees who will focus on biker safety.

Delivery men during a demonstration in Parliament Square on July 18


“We will do everything possible to protect our passengers and have put in place new measures so that passengers can report any problems they have or even move to work in another area if they do not feel safe,” Dan Warne, Managing Director of Deliveroo UK, mentioned.

“We work closely with the police and local councils, and share all the information our runners give us in order to help fight crime against [them].

“[This] That’s why we’re implementing new measures like our app and helmet-mounted cameras – these will allow us to work together, share information and bring criminals to justice.

The number of acid attacks in the UK has more than doubled since 2012 and increased by 74% in the past year alone, with the vast majority of incidents taking place in London.

Last year there were 504 reports of acid attacks in the UK, up from 183 in 2012.

Just two years ago, the government ignored expert advice and made changes that made it easier to buy dangerous acids of the type used in recent weeks, The independent revealed.

Amendments to the Deregulation Act of 2015 removed the requirement for sellers of hazardous substances, including acids, to be registered with their local council.

As ministers bragged about “cutting red tape,” medical experts have warned it could make it easier for criminals to get their hands on highly toxic substances, as does the government’s own advisory board on product regulation. dangerous chemicals.


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