Title: The emerging issues for management of occupational road risk in a changing economy: A survey of gig economy drivers, riders and their managers
Organisation: University College London (Centre for Transport Studies)
Date uploaded: 5th September 2018
Date published/launched: August 2018
The study included 48 qualitative interviews with ‘gig economy’ drivers and riders, and their managers, as well as 200 responses to an online survey.
63% of respondents said they are not provided with safety training on managing risks on the road, while 65% are not given any safety equipment.
42% reported that their vehicle had been damaged as a result of a collision while working, with a further one in 10 saying that someone had been injured in a collision.
On mobile phones, 40% of those using an app for their job found them to be ‘off-putting’ while driving or riding.
The UCL report includes a list of recommendations for companies using self-employed couriers and taxi drivers – including introducing time blocks for couriers to sign up and be paid for, rather than a ‘drop rate’.
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