22-Year-Old Indian Student Akshay Doultani Killed in Sydney Bike-SUV Collision

By | August 3, 2023



A 22-year-old Indian student from Mumbai, Akshay Doultani, who was working as an Uber Eats rider in Sydney, died after a collision with an SUV. He had come to Sydney on a scholarship to study finance. Akshay’s death has raised concerns about the safety of gig workers, and Labor senator Tony Sheldon has called for transport reform to provide better employment rights and compensation for gig workers. Uber Eats has stated that it is committed to the safety of its delivery workers. IANS reported

An Indian student from Mumbai, identified as Akshay Doultani, tragically lost his life in Sydney last month after his bicycle collided with an SUV. Akshay, who arrived in Sydney in February on a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in finance at Macquarie University, passed away at the Royal North Shore hospital on July 22. Labor senator Tony Sheldon confirmed Akshay’s identity and highlighted that he was the twelfth food delivery rider to be killed while working since 2017. Akshay’s cousin revealed that he had aspired to provide a better life for his family by going abroad. To cover his expenses, Akshay worked as a food delivery rider at least three times a week. The fatal accident is under investigation by the New South Wales (NSW) Police and Safework NSW. Senator Sheldon emphasized the dangers of the gig economy and called for transportation reforms to ensure gig workers, who make up approximately 250,000 individuals in the industry, receive proper employment rights and compensation. Uber Eats, in response, expressed its commitment to the safety of delivery workers and stated that it has implemented policies to enhance road safety..