March 24, 2021
UberEats drink drive plan risky
An iwi health worker says UberEats is risking the lives of its drivers by offering an alcohol on demand delivery service.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua health coordinator Dani Griffioen says whānau and communities are fed up with the proliferation of liquor outlets.
Making alcohol even easier to obtain is totally irresponsible given the high rates of alcohol-related harm experienced in Aotearoa NZ.
And she says asking Uber delivery drivers to monitor and refuse the sale of alcohol to underage or over-intoxicated whānau is not only not sensible, it has the potential to be dangerous and fatal.
Māori public health organisation Hāpai Te Hauora says adding alcohol to the UberEats app shows the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act is no longer fit for purpose.
Chief executive Selah Hart says there is nothing about the new service that that shows the company will protect minors, communities, and ultimately New Zealanders from alcohol harm.
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