London Assembly investigating impact of van deliveries in the capital

The London Assembly is seeking views on the impact of the rising number of delivery vans on the capital’s roads.

In a survey launched last week, the assembly’s transport committee is seeking feedback on how vans contribute to traffic congestion, air quality and safety in London.

It also wants to understand which alternative delivery methods businesses and residents would consider and how much they would be willing to pay for more sustainable logistics.

This would include options such as Click & Collect, consolidation centres with last-mile delivery in a zero-emission vehicles and a move to enable more out-of-hours deliveries in London.

According to figures from Transport for London (TfL), light commercial traffic makes up 13% of all London’s road traffic, compared with 4% for HGVs and 1.7% for buses.

During the morning peak, this equates to around 7,300 vans per hour and 21.5% of traffic km.

Light commercial traffic is expected to increase by 22% between 2011 and 2031, while HGV traffic will remain static, which is attributed to the continued growth of online shopping.

Last week’s survey is the latest stage in a wider investigation underway by the London Assembly on the light commercial vehicle sector in the capital, which aims to work with all stakeholders to explore more sustainable delivery methods. It will be used to help shape TfL’s freight strategy.

The survey closes on 31 December.




  • David Kaner

    I have completed the survey but think it should be altered to allow more than option to be selected

  • avlowe

    Significantly the van mileage (for vehicles registered as light commercial) as risen by 68% over the past 20 years, compared to just a 14% increase in private car mileage (increasing at 5x rate of private cars) similarly between 2003 and 2013 registrations of this light commercial category rose by 24% whilst private car registrations rose by 11% – and HGV/PSV registrations basically flat-lined

    Disturbingly some operators of substantial fleets have gone on record as making the clear choice of using smaller vehicles to avoid regulation and O licence costs, and gain access to a wider pool of non vocational licence holders to drive. Uber, pedicabs, and even the parochial variations for local taxi services, point to a need ultimately for a robust and National system for regulation of operator and infrastructure providers.