Deliveroo riders to wear cameras after being subject to acid attacks
Deliveroo has also said it will hire an additional 50 staff who will be dedicated to monitoring rider safety, while also providing its employees with training to hopefully prevent future incidents.
Deliveroo delivery riders are going to start wearing video cameras after several of the food courier's riders have been subject to violent acid attacks in London.
The courier has announced it is trialling the use of GoPro cameras to protect its riders against the acid attacks, which have been increasingly happening across London. They have also been the victim of numerous robberies too.
In the past weeks, riders from Deliveroo, Uber and other courier firms have been subject to violent attacks including stabbings, vehicle thefts and acid attacks. Scores of the riders have reportedly not completed deliveries because of safety fears and harassment from moped gangs that have been terrorising London in recent months.
Deliveroo riders will now be able to report incidents using the app, as well as filming it with the head-mounted cameras, that can be then sent to the police and the company.
Dan Warne, managing director of Deliveroo UK and Ireland told the BBC: "We will do everything we can to protect our riders and have put in place new measures so that riders can report any concerns they have or even move to work in another area if they feel unsafe.
"We are working closely with the police and local councils, and sharing all the information our riders give us in order to tackle crime against our riders."
By Ted Welford