Amazon Delivery Vans Could Be Banned From Central London

By James O Malley on at

Central London is too congested - because we're buying too much online. That's the claim at the heart of a new proposal by London Assembly member Val Shawcross, who is worried that delivery vans now account for fifth of traffic in the centre of the city.

According to the Evening Standard, Councillor Shawcross wants companies to ban employees from ordering goods direct to work - and instead encourage "click and collect" deliveries, so that people can collect their stuff on the way home rather than while at work.

Whether she actually wants Sadiq Khan to intervene more directly isn't clear - though she does think the Congestion Charge could be changed to charge extra for multiple trips.

To be honest, whether this can be called a "ban" is up for debate - but that's how they characterised the story, and who are we to stand in the way of a clickable framing? In any case, the idea actually makes a degree of sense, given concerns about air pollution and the fact that the streets are completely rammed. But it could mean no more Amazon Prime Now delivered straight to your desk. [Standard]