China plans to track down food, grocery delivery executives using chips in bikes


China is actively working on a pilot program to insert chips into delivery boys’ bikes to regulate the country’s quick food and grocery delivery industry and gig economy through monitoring violations, media reported Thursday . According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing’s transportation authority plans to install chips on electric bikes used by couriers and food delivery riders in a bid to improve road traffic.

A pilot program will be launched in Beijing this year and officials will amend local regulations for non-motor vehicles to “improve the traffic violation reporting system and urge courier and delivery enterprises to set up traffic violation logs”. could”.

The move was first reported by state-run newspaper Beijing Daily, citing a decision by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

There are about 84 million gig workers in China, including delivery couriers and ride-share drivers.

The report said that in 2020, Meituan and (owned by Alibaba Group Holding) apps relaxed delivery times after riders were criticized for dangerous driving behaviour. Meituan, China’s largest food delivery company, reported a 21.4 per cent increase in revenue for the quarter ended December. Its net loss for the quarter narrowed to 1.08 billion yuan from a loss of 5.34 billion yuan a year earlier.


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