Food deliverymen perform community service to better learn road rules

Food deliverymen will appear at busy crossroads during morning rush hour for the next two months, not to deliver food, but to dissuade e-bike riders from breaking traffic rules.

Food deliverymen in Pudong will appear at 20 busy crossroads during morning rush hour for the next two months, not to deliver food, but to dissuade other e-bike riders from breaking traffic rules.

To address rampant traffic violations by food deliverymen, Pudong police announced on Monday a new campaign to educate them on traffic rules.

Food deliverymen from Meituan, Ele.me and Dada will work as traffic volunteers in areas including Lujiazui and Zhangjiang High-Tech Park, together with other resident volunteers, police said.

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Two food deliverymen volunteer at the crossroads of Lancheng Road and Wulian Road on Monday afternoon after a launch ceremony for the campaign.

There are over 10,000 food deliverymen working for the three businesses, which account for 80 percent of the market share in Pudong.

Besides volunteer work, the deliverymen will be asked to sign a pledge not to run red lights, ride in the wrong direction or in motor lanes, or use mobile phones while riding.

It will be compulsory that the pledge, printed out, is visibly posted on the food box carried around by the food deliverymen.

Pudong police introduced an app which loads food deliverymen’s traffic offenses in one place last September. They said so far about 1,000 food deliverymen have had demerit points loaded.

The app, for example, adds six points when a deliveryman runs a red light and three points when he rides in the wrong direction. If 36 points are accumulated, the three food delivery companies have promised to at least temporarily remove offenders from the job.

Police said so far no one has received 36 demerit points.

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