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Delivery Van Driver

A delivery van driver typically works under contract for a company. Usually a customer has purchased products and the driver then delivers these items. In this modern society in which we live a wide ranges of goods can be delivered directly to the customer. These include; the weekly shopping, sofas & beds, ovens, Fridges, TV’s… the list is long. Consequently most large stores in the UK need van drivers, with varying levels of skills. This job type also includes transportation of money and other high value items that require security deliveries.

 

Daily Life

Typically the working day will begin with being assigned a run schedule which is different from other work days. The very first task for the delivery van driver is to decide the order of their schedule, if drops are not specifically timed, and decide how things are loaded onto the van. There is no point in loading the first delivery at the back of the van behind all of the items! Each driver is different how they schedule drops will depends on the geographic nature of the area they cover. If you are working in the country-side then driving out to the furthest delivery and working back to base is a good method. Whereas in cities starting in the centre and working out around the roads can make the days deliveries flow better.

 

Delivery Van Driver

A good driver carefully checks the days deliveries and ensures the loading of the vehicle is done in a precise order. Larger goods like washing machines and fridges must be well protected and strapped to the sides. Extra care should be taken with more fragile items such as TV’s. The loading of groceries is less important but the cold chain must be adhered to, so keep refrigerated and frozen items in check to avoid spoilage. Your employer should provide you with training if you are transporting specialised goods such as food or heavy items.

 

Good knowledge of the area you work in also allows for adjustments to the pre-planned route incase of road closures or accidents.

 

Other tasks during the day would typically include:

  • Delivering the correct items to the correct address.
  • Getting proof of delivery signed and providing copies of the invoices.
  • Noting the amount of fuel used and the amount of miles covered.
  • Returning undelivered goods to the warehouse or redelivery on another day.

 

The hours are typically the same as the shop or store runs with the exception with deliveries leaving before the store opens. This means early mornings for most and most likely weekends also.

 

Job Requirements

The essential item for any driving job is a driving licence for that specific vehicle. Typically the owner of a full UK car driving licence can operate a vehicle of up to 3.5 tonnes (7.5 tonnes if the licence was acquired prior to 1997). Beyond these weight limits drivers will need to have the relevant licence for the weight class. All drivers will need to complete a short course also in Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

 

Specialism within this fields goes beyond just the delivery of items. Trained technicians for instance will be sent out to check on faults of items and relevant knowledge is essential for this. There is no point in knowing everything about the latest 3D Television when you are sent out to check a washing machine. A further field of specialism includes security delivery companies that transport valuable items such as money, gold, precious stones etc. These companies do require stringent background checks, responsive training to situations and specific items of PPE (or Personal Protection Equipment) which can include stab proof vests, helmets with a visor, batons and other items. Naturally this sort of work also demands a better rate of pay as not everyone can do it.

 

Income

With regard to income, it can range from £14,000 through to £26,000 with the average being around £20,000. If the job is target driven for whatever reason, commission and bonuses can also be achieved. As noted above the specialist jobs like security jobs can also demand a better rate of pay also.

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