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Argentina: Buenos Aires judge bans delivery apps following Glovo courier road accident

Author: Amy Booth, The Guardian, Published on: 23 August 2019

"Buenos Aires judge bans delivery apps after road accidents spike", 16 August 2019

When a courier...in Buenos Aires was hit by a car, the company’s response was not to check how he was, but to ask: “How is the order?”...Journalist Yanina Otero tweeted a photo of the exchange...The tweet went viral...

...A judge has now...ordered the suspension of delivery apps after finding that major players Rappi, Glovo, and PedidosYa, failed to comply with the law – which the companies deny....They are banned until they start following the law. His ruling applies to all companies that fail to comply with the law, but specifically mentions...Rappi, Glovo, and PedidosYa.

 ...there has been an alarming number of road accidents in Buenos Aires involving couriers, with 13 to 40 incidents per month since February...ASIMM, the delivery workers’ union which presented the recent case, said apps reward couriers for working faster, creating incentives to cut corners with road safety...

...PedidosYa said the company has appealed against the ruling and said: “We are continuing to operate normally, since we comply with local regulations.” Glovo said: “[W]e feel that this measure...infringes upon the autonomy of independent couriers, threatening their right to work by arbitrarily seeking to suspend a source of income. We are also deeply concerned about the economic consequences...” Glovo is also planning to appeal against the suspension. Rappi did not respond to requests for comment...

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Related companies: Glovo PedidosYa Rappi