Wednesday 13 December 2017
The new policy by Westminster City Council will require restaurants that rely on apps for the bulk of their deliveries to apply for planning permission.
Council bosses have made the move to stop the city being 'swarmed' by scooter riders, with firms now having to prove that they are minimising potential disruption to local neighbourhoods.
Businesses have been warned that they could face 'formal enforcement action' if they 'flout' new rules that are set to come into force in spring 2018.
Westminster has already taken action against a Nando's branch in Westbourne Grove after receiving more than 25 complaints from residents, who said they were repeatedly disturbed by large groups of moped delivery drivers.
Officers then reported seeing drivers parking inappropriately, making noise and causing congestion.
Those companies have been urged to do more to protect workers' rights.
Deliveroo recently said it would start offering staff the first sickness and accident insurance available to on-demand food delivery riders in the UK.
This will allow riders to claim 75 percent of their average weekly income for up to 26 weeks if they are unable to work due to illness or as a result of an injury while working.
It comes after the delivery firm claimed victory over the status of its riders, who it said want the flexibility of being self-employed rather than being classed as 'workers'.
The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) rejected an application by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain to represent drivers in parts of north London, according to Deliveroo.
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