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Crackdown urged over food delivery driver rise restricting footpath access

FOOD delivery drivers who block footpaths or restrict access in busy town centres around Cumberland, could be banned from parking on the street if the situation doesn’t improve.

Mayor Steve Christou says while small business operators play an important part in the local economy, he is encouraging food delivery services, and businesses who use them, to talk with riders about complying with the rules for the safety of customers and the broader community.
“Our footpaths are being overtaken with bikes and riders obstructing access for residents, wait staff, and pedestrians, who in some cases, have been knocked over by careless riders,” he said.
Admitting that while the council’s powers to fine riders were “fairly limited”, he said it was an area where no-one was keen to take responsibility and urged all councils to work together with the State Government to look at the regulatory and enforcement environment for how the riders operate.
“This would include looking at their working conditions and ensuring award entitlements,” he said.
“Prohibiting cyclists from parking their bikes on the street, could also be a good starting point for local councils if we don’t start to see improvements.”
However Ahmad Elchami from I Love Manoush at Lidcombe, told the Review that banning riders might be a “bit of an over-reaction”.
“Here in Lidcombe the riders are very quiet,” he said.
“They are pretty good and stay mainly near the bus stop.
“When they get an order, they leave their bike and go and pick it up. They don’t really bother anyone.”
Another Granville restaurant owner, who did not want to be identified, said he hadn’t had any complaints around his business.
“We are lucky enough to have fairly wide footpaths out front of our place,” he said.