‘The threat of abuse and violence is still a daily part of the job’: the bereaved women fighting to protect gig economy drivers

In 2021, the Bolt driver Gabriel Bringye was killed by a group of teenagers. Now his fiancee and sister are battling to ensure it never happens again

On the evening of 17 February 2021, Gabriel Bringye kissed his fiancee goodbye, and assured her he wouldn’t work late. Hours later, police were at the door of their east London home. He had been killed on the job, lured by a group of teenagers who booked his car on the Bolt cab ride app in order to rob him.

Known as a “trap job”, the group used a stolen phone to book the journey that ended with the 37-year-old driver’s death. Despite his vehicle remaining stationary for nearly six hours while booked on a job, Bolt had no automated system in place to raise the alarm; Gabriel was found by a passerby. He died at the scene.

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