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Meal deliverers that are too young: one-third of controlled companies fined

Three more companies also received a warning, which involved eighteen children aged 14 and 15, according to figures requested by RTL Z. In total, the Inspectorate SZW carried out 24 inspections in 2021 and 14 in 2020 in various cities.

The parents of the juveniles who violated the rules also received a warning.

New rules

“These figures show that more checks are needed,” says Walther Ploos van Amstel, lecturer in City Logistics at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

The Further Regulation on Child Labor has been in effect since 1 July 2020. Since then, 15-year-old teenagers have been banned from delivering food because the work is too heavy and dangerous. Accidents regularly happen, meal deliverers have to deliver under time pressure and money is used, with a risk of robbery or robbery. Before 1 July 2020, the delivery of food by 13 and 14-year-olds was already prohibited.

How does an inspection work?

To determine a violation, the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate must see someone at work. Such an inspection therefore takes place at a place where meal deliverers are at work. A risk analysis is always done prior to an inspection. For example, SZW receives signals from citizens or the police if something goes wrong.

If meal deliverers are caught, work is halted. This happened in Hilversum, for example, where five young meal deliverers were caught working late.

‘Nice side job’

“It doesn’t surprise me, it’s a nice side job,” says Ploos van Amstel. “And not all entrepreneurs seem to be aware of the changed legislation. It is a task for Koninklijke Horeca Nederland and the government to provide proper information about this.”

Meal delivery has grown enormously in recent years, partly due to corona. There are now an estimated 40,000 delivery drivers on the road. That is about twice as many as in 2019.

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