Wednesday 22 March 2023

More cities have plans to regulate super fast delivery services

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The Hague, Groningen, Arnhem and Amstelveen are following Amsterdam and Rotterdam in preparing measures to regulate super fast delivery services such as Getir and Gorillas, the NRC reported on Tuesday.

In particular, the cities are keen to make sure that the new services do not add pressure to already busy roads and cycle lanes, or block up pavements where their delivery centres are located, the paper said.

The measures being looked at include a ban on so-called dark stores in some parts of the city, as Amsterdam and Rotterdam have already done.

Almere, Enschede, Delft and Leiden have not yet decided whether or not to increase controls.

‘The added value they create for a liveable and inviting city centre is limited, if it exists at all,’ an Arnhem council spokesman told the paper.

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The companies currently operate in 29 Dutch towns and cities, and the NRC approached all of them, apart from Amsterdam and Rotterdam, about their plans.

The number of people using fast grocery delivery services such as Gorillas and Flink more than tripled in the second half of 2021, according to a survey by market researcher Kantar.

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