Food delivery riders dicing with death in on-road footage

Food delivery riders have been caught dicing with death on camera as concerns rise of the dangers they face.

Food delivery riders dicing with death in on-road footage

Food delivery riders have been caught dicing with death on camera as concerns rise of the dangers they face.

One Sydney cyclist was spotted entering the M5 East tunnel and almost getting taken out.

A delivery motorcyclist was also seen making a wrong turn on a WestConnext on-ramp at St Peters, riding head-on into oncoming traffic.

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Transport For NSW deputy secretary of safety Tara McCarthy said that food delivery riders, like drivers, made mistakes.

"And the footage where they've entered tunnels when they shouldn't it's more than likely they've made a mistake," she told 9News.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of road incidents involving delivery riders in Sydney has soared to almost two a week.

There have been five deaths this year.

"I think there is an element of personal responsibility with those who are delivering the food," WestConnex CEO Andrew Head said.

"There's also responsibility for us to get awareness out (that) this is dangerous."

WestConnex has more than 2300 cameras monitoring the road 24 hours a day, and incident response teams reader to rescue riders who are stranded.

"If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, try and pull over to the side," Mr Head said.

"Know that we're watching you, and we will send a dispatch unit out to you to take care of you as quickly as we possibly can."

The penalty for a cyclist caught riding through a tunnel in NSW starts at $272, but rises to $2200 if the matter ends up in court.

These penalties are higher than infringements in Victoria and Queensland.

Holding cyclists who do the wrong thing accountable can still be difficult because they aren't registered – even if they are caught on camera doing the wrong thing, there is no way to track them down.

The government has no plans right now to change that, but a new taskforce involving police, WorkSafe and industry members will report on how to improve rider training and safety early next year.

Until then, Ms McCarthy said, cyclists and delivery riders should follow the road rules, wear reflective gear, and a helmet.

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