Organisation: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Date uploaded: 21st January 2020
Date published/launched: January 2020

This guide provides road safety advice for drivers, riders and employers operating within the gig economy.The gig economy is the term given to freelance and independent workers, who do not get paid a salary, but per ‘gig’ or a ‘piece rate’.The most common example of companies who rely on these types of workers are the ride-hailing firm Uber, and food delivery companies such as Deliveroo and Just Eat.

Gig economy workers are regarded as self-employed and are not covered by employment law. However, they are responsible for managing their work in a way that does not create health and safety risks for themselves and others.

The main topics covered in RoSPA’s new guidance are the importance of maintaining bicycles and motor vehicles, how to avoid experiencing fatigue while on the road, and how to drive and ride safely in the dark.

The guide contains information on what practical actions workers can take to maximise the safety of themselves and others while using the road network.

Other topics covered include: vehicle registration, tax, MOT and insurance, journey planning, speed, alcohol and drugs and mobile phones

The guide also provides advice and information for employers who use gig workers, on areas such as insurance, risk assessments and incentivising appropriate safety equipment and training.

For more information contact:

External links:
Access the guide via the RoSPA website