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