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Speed over safety: China's home delivery boom triggers surge in accidents

76 injuries and deaths involving food delivery drivers in Shanghai were recorded in the first half of 2017 alone

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

A scooter driver in a bright blue jacket on a food delivery run dashes across a busy intersection slick with rain, hits a turning car and is hurled along the tarmac in a video posted by Chinese police warning that couriers should slow down. China's home delivery boom, powered by an estimated three million couriers, most of them riding quiet electric scooters or boxy three-wheelers, has triggered a surge in road accidents, prompting warnings from police and complaints from drivers who say they feel pressure to put speed before safety. "Accidents happen all the time at ...

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First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 12:40 IST