3 things you need to know before working as a delivery driver

Trying to find a role that works around the needs of your family can be tough. Flexible working arrangements can be hard to come across, especially in the current financial climate. Many industries have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with many jobs put in jeopardy as businesses try to navigate their way through this challenging economic environment. Few industries have seen increased success during the lockdown, but one that has is online shopping. With all non-essential shops closing at the start of lockdown, internet shopping enjoyed a surge in popularity. Even with shops reopening, online shopping shows no sign of losing its popularity.  This increase in online sales has led to an increased demand for drivers to deliver the products.

If your current role has been put at risk due to the COVD-19 pandemic, and you are on the lookout for a new position that enables you to work flexibly, then working as a delivery driver could be the right choice for you. Before you get started in your new role, it is vital to familiarise yourself with all the essential information that you need to know to make your new job as a delivery driver a success.

Choose the Right Insurance

Working as a delivery driver isn’t as simple as going out to buy a van or truck and then starting to deliver parcels right away. Instead, you will need to double-check that you have the appropriate level of insurance cover. A completely different level of insurance cover is required when you drive commercially rather than when you drive for domestic purposes. If you do not inform your insurance company that you will be driving commercially, then you will find that if you need to make a claim, you may not be covered, and your insurance may be invalidated.

Check Your Licence

Along with checking that you have the correct level of insurance cover, you will need to ensure that you have the right driving licence to enable you to drive a commercial vehicle. There are several types of driving licences so you will need to check that yours entitles you to drive the category of vehicle that you plan to use in your job as a delivery driver. 

Driving a van or truck is different from driving a car, so it is vital that you also feel confident in your ability to drive a larger vehicle.

Know the Law

Are you aware of the legislative requirements that apply to light commercial vehicles, such as those that you would be using to work as a driver? If not, it is vital to familiarise yourself with the legislation so that you don’t fall foul of the law. Delivery drivers and others that work in the transportation industry are typically required to comply with tachograph regulations. However, in some circumstances, tachograph exemptions apply, and you may not be required to comply with the legislation. You must be aware of the requirements; otherwise, you may end up being penalised.

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