Thursday 2 March 2017 06.00 GMT
The use of self-employed drivers and pressure to make on-time deliveries are risks to road safety, warn cycling and road safety campaigners.
The growth in online shopping and home delivery helped push van traffic in the UK to a new peak in 2016. However, vehicles most used by online delivery drivers, those under 3.5 tonnes, are not subject to the operator licence regulations that apply to larger vehicles, and anyone with a standard driving licence can drive them.
Giving evidence to MPs on Tuesday, Siwan Hayward, deputy director of enforcement and on-street operations at Transport for London, admitted that for anyone who drives non HGVs for work, there are not sufficient standards for vehicle safety and driving hours.
Campaigners say reported issues involving the delivery companies FedEx and CitySprint illustrate their road safety concerns.
FedEx road safety
Last August, a FedEx driver was implicated in a road traffic incident with a cyclist. After the cyclist contacted the company, a FedEx director accidentally forwarded an internal email in which staff decided not to answer any of his safety procedure questions because he wasn’t considered “high engagement” enough.