While big companies like Domino's, Pizza Hut, Nirula's and McDonald's never penalise the employees for late delivery - delivery boys confirm this - the smaller ones often do.
Rajan Dev who works with a fast food outlet in East Delhi says once Rs 300 was deducted from his salary for late delivery.
For a man who earns Rs 6,000-8,000 a month, that amounts to more than a full day's salary.
"Pressures such as these and the fear of getting scolded publicly make them zigzag through traffic and race against time," says a doctor.
Accident figures are hard to come by.
Delhi Police Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Satyendra Garg says his office does not keep record of the profession of the accident victim or traffic rule violators. But the cases of delivery boys landing in their hospital have triggered AIIMS to start doing so.
"We have started including the profession of the victim in our surveillance questionnaire," says MC Misra, chief of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, "and will be able to show some data in a few months."
BS Bindal, the chief casualty medical officer at Sushruta Trauma Center in North Delhi, says delivery boys come with "fractures, head, chest and abdominal injuries."
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