Hold Amazon Accountable for Contracted Drivers

Hold Amazon Accountable for Contracted Drivers

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Amazon circumvents responsibility over its final mile delivery service by hiring out to subcontractors. In many instances, a subcontractor’s only customer is Amazon.  

While Amazon publicly states that they are giving small entrepreneurs a great opportunity, their primary objective is to reduce liability and cut costs.

In reality, using subcontractors allows Amazon to shirk responsibility. By not directly hiring drivers, Amazon can claim immunity from paying damages caused by subcontracted drivers.

Because the delivery firms are small with no or few other customers, Amazon is able to create a predatory environment and continually squeeze rates paid to subcontractors. This leads to fewer investments in safety features, less money for ongoing maintenance, and less money for proper driver training. Drivers are left with unsafe vehicles, little training, and low pay. Drivers are pressured to skip breaks, work overtime, and drive unsafely to ensure all packages are delivered. When an accident inevitably happens, Amazon is able to walk away unscathed.

It isn’t reasonable for Amazon (or any other shipper or carrier) to prevent accidents. It isn’t reasonable to expect Amazon to hire, train, and operate a massive nationwide fleet: it is reasonable that they be allowed to subcontract for logistics solutions. However, it is NOT reasonable for Amazon to avoid all liability for the delivery of their packages. It is NOT reasonable that the drivers endure inadequate pay, unsafe vehicles, no support and no training.

Sign the petition to shed light on the issue so that can lawmakers can ensure Amazon is held accountable when someone is injured by an “Amazon” delivery driver. Sign the petition to show Amazon executives that their interaction model with small suppliers is unacceptable.

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