Deliveroo steps up safety efforts after acid attacks, testing out helmet cameras, new app features and hiring 50 staff

 
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Deliveroo is taking new measures to protect riders after a spate of acid attacks in London.

The startup is testing helmet-mounted cameras in East London, where delivery drivers were recently targeted.

The trial will see the drivers collect footage that can then be potentially be shared with police as evidence, the company told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire news programme.

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And drivers are being encouraged to use a new feature on its app that lets them report safety concerns about delivering to certain areas. This information will be collected by the company and shared with local authorities.

The venture-backed British startup is hiring 50 staff who will be focused on rider safety.

"The safety of our riders is the most important thing to us, and it's our responsibility as a company to step up our efforts so they can feel safe all of the time," Deliveroo managing director Dan Warne told the programme.

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Drivers for Deliveroo and other takeaway services such as UberEats protested in Parliament Square last month and some are no longer working late at night due to safety fears.

Home secretary Amber Rudd has promised tougher sentences for acid attackers following the incidents.

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