PUDONG police said yesterday they will work closely with food delivery companies to combat traffic violations from their bike-riders — who accounted for 60 percent of all accidents resulting in death or injury last year.
Police will keep companies updated about offenses by their deliverymen, with meituan.com being the first to join the program. These companies are being told to better educate their bike-riders and improve discipline.
Meituan.com, which has about 2,000 food deliverymen in Pudong, said it had introduced online tests for new and veteran employees and would suspend those who fail to score 90 out of 100 until they could pass.
Song Jie, a 42-year-old meituan.com deliveryman, said traffic offenses are rampant among riders because their pay depends on how many orders they deliver.
Song said he makes 7,000-9,000 yuan (US$1,020-1,310) a month, which he said is about standard.
“I often remind my colleagues that they need to take other people’s safety into account, not just as their own,” he said, “because an accident could cause tragedy not only for individuals, but also for their families.”
Companies say they are trying to ban employees from using illegal scooters and mopeds as soon as possible, because some ride larger and faster models not approved by the government.
In Xuhui District, traffic police have been meeting mail and food delivery companies and making riders commit in writing to obey the law.