THE FREIGHT Transport Association this week said that it would work with local authorities to avoid gridlock on the roads caused by a surge in e-shopping. This would result from fleets of smaller vans and trucks ferrying internet-bought produce to doorsteps.
The FTA has decided to act on the Lex Transfleet Report on freight in 2000, which sets out public and commercial fears of rising congestion.
Spokesman David Russell accepted that e-commerce was likely to lead to extra traffic on the road, as research showed that people would still make the same number of car journeys.
'E-shopping will have a big impact on the distribution of goods. The freight industry has to address the consequences,' said Russell. 'We will be working with the Government and local associations. Some local authorities will need to look at relaxing restrictions for night time delivery of goods.'
The FTA confirmed that many of its members were liaising about creating regional distribution centres and carrying each other's goods.