huge surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on streets of our cities and on our road networks. As number of online deliveries is skyrocketing, number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased. result is that hundreds more trucks are clogging up city streets. This is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around world all trying to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for often non-existent parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double park, adding to gridlock for other road users. And problem is set to intensify.
BBC reports that volume of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent year over next three years. Many cities have taken tough measures to counteract problems associated with increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries during times when roads are busiest. London is looking at possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also cracking down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now apply for permission to operate.