Demand for food delivery rises, leading to increased complaints about some drivers

The rise in demand for quick food delivery has led to the emergence of numerous courier services in big cities. However, this surge in delivery services has also raised concerns about the behavior of some drivers. In cities like Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., delivery drivers on scooters, motorcycles, and mopeds have been seen weaving through traffic and even riding on crowded sidewalks in their rush to deliver orders.

City officials in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., have taken action against delivery companies by issuing warnings, seizing vehicles that are illegally registered or driven, and conducting special patrols to enforce speed limits. Similar crackdowns have also been observed in London and other cities in the UK.

In response to these concerns, delivery companies like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber have promised to collaborate with city authorities to ensure that their drivers comply with all legal regulations and prioritize safety. Boston officials recently sent a letter to these companies, highlighting the growing problem of dangerous and unlawful operation of motorized vehicles by delivery drivers, which poses a threat to the drivers themselves, other road users, and pedestrians.

The situation remains tense as cities continue to grapple with the challenges posed by the rapid growth of the food delivery industry. It is crucial for all stakeholders to work together to address these issues and ensure the safety of both delivery drivers and the general public.