Deliveroo and UberEats are under increasing strain to make their cyclists use range plates after a pensioner changed into struck by an untraceable rider.
The calls to ‘increase duty’ come after an 85-year-antique deaf pensioner turned into struck with the aid of an ‘untraceable bicycle owner’ who rode away.
The elderly resident, who has asked now not to be named, turned into struck on a pedestrianized high avenue and says it’s miles ‘fraught with hazard’, as six meals delivery cyclists pace past every ten minutes.
Gill Gower, the Labour councilor for Westgate, Kent, is calling for wide variety plates to make it less difficult to track shipping cyclists whose ‘reckless driving endangers pedestrians’.
She stated: ‘I respect the cyclists are beneath big-time stress.
‘But they’re pretty frequently cycling at the pavement, cycling without lighting fixtures, and cycling in usually reckless behavior.
‘It’s very hard to explain a cyclist who is wearing a hood or helmet and traveling at velocity.
‘If you could virtually say “that is this person”, it makes it plenty less complicated to name them into account.’
Councillor Gower stated visible ID numbers constant to cyclists or motorcycles might enable pedestrians to report risky riders.
The aged resident, from Canterbury, Kent, says she become struck on the ‘lower back of her hand’ as the rider ‘surpassed and staggered’.
She introduced: ‘I shouted to him to forestall. He appeared round at me, however, stood on his pedals and increased away closer to Westgate.’
The corporations are speculated to have told the pensioner’s daughter that ‘nothing might be executed’, without the description of the bicycle owner or the precise time of the incident.
Earlier this 12 months, Canterbury metropolis council wrote to food transport businesses to spotlight the difficulty of irresponsible cycling, however, the aged sufferer stated the difficulty has now not improved.
The pensioner introduced: ‘Currently, any stroll down the High Street and St Peter’s Street is fraught with danger.
‘My remaining depend at lunchtime was six food shipping cyclists in ten minutes.
‘Apart from the aged like me, there may be also a massive chance for babies with their mothers, in what is a pedestrianized zone.’
The council says it will now write to shipping businesses approximately the quantity plates, urging them to make certain that their cyclists additionally put on reflective equipment, to cause them to more visible at night time.
A spokesperson for Deliveroo stated: ‘Road safety is of maximum significance to us and we perform a zero-tolerance policy towards any riders who are observed to have broken the law.
‘As part of our commitment to avenue protection, we make hyper seen package – designed to make sure riders can be visible by means of all avenue users – available to every rider free of price. Free helmets are also available to all cyclists.
‘We would ask people to share any lawsuits with us so that wherever possible, we are able to use our generation to pick out whether a Deliveroo rider was concerned in an incident and take movement.’
An Uber Eats spokeswoman said: ‘The safety of clients, couriers and most of the people is top precedence for Uber Eats. To use the app, all couriers ought to comply with the neighborhood street laws and everyone determined to be riding dangerously can have their access to app eliminated.’