Representatives met at the fifth conference of the 14th National People’s Congress on January 13 to discuss China’s chaotic food delivery situation.
Zhang Bing, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, said food delivery vehicles will be required to mark with standard branding. The move follows a similar attempt to regulate the motorized tricycles favored by private couriers in December.
Online food ordering platforms will be responsible for accidents caused by the drivers they employ.
Online food ordering has been a booming business the past two years. With more people ordering online, the city’s streets have become clogged with rushing food delivery vehicles. Drivers willing to bend and break traffic rules have caused a number of serious accidents.
The department of transportation is negotiating with online food delivery platforms such as Baidu Waimai, Meituan Waimai and Eleme about painting food delivery vehicles in a similar fashion.
Zhang said that after the reform each delivery agent’s vehicle would bear a unique QR code.
Cars and drivers would be required to register in the new system being set up by the city. Zhang said there will be a law to similarly regulate non-motorized vehicles.