Category Archives: Courier Information

Information for couriers in and around London

Parcel delivery jobs in London for the Christmas rush

We see that independent parcel carrier Yodel are offering courier jobs available in the Dartford area for the run up to Christmas. There are just short of 150 jobs going including  directly employed drivers, owner drivers and self-employed couriers

They are offering staff the chance to work from home in their own car, delivering and picking up parcels from the local area. London same day couriers are always in demand at this time of year so this is nothing new but is welcome news for those seeking extra income.

Which Courier To Use?

With more and more businesses using parcel couriers in London, there is of course an increase in the number of courier companies in London offering their services.

Knowing which company to use can be a bit of a lottery.

Many opt for using the overnight carriers as they are a far a cheaper option but it is not without its pitfalls.
There have been many horror stories of consignments being damaged or even going missing. The goods are transfered from vehicle to depot. Then loaded onto a trunk vehicle and delivered to a hub where all the shipments are sorted then loaded back on another trunk to another depot, then sorted again and onto a local vehicle. All this handling and loading increases the chances of damage and loss.
Tracking has of course helped reduce the latter but if your goods are either highly valuable or very fragile then you should think seriously about using a dedicated courier.

This is where the sameday courier service comes into its own.
Not only is it the fastest method of getting your goods delivered, it is also the most secure, with the same driver staying with your goods throughout the journey.

Many companies are now sending their goods using reliable sameday couriers between London and Manchester
These journeys are not cheap but many customers know the benefits, and when they are sending such things as hard drives, laptops and even passports, it is important to them that they are delivered both promptly and safely.

With the news that the economy is improving, many companies will be looking to get their goods delivered on a more urgent basis.

Making site deliveries safer in London

Site owners and contractors are being asked to help make London’s roads safer for cyclists.

This follows research commissioned by Transport for London into construction logistics and cyclist safety following a spate of deaths and accidents.

They have been asked to try and set more realistic delivery times for materials to arrive on site and for delivery vehicles to be fitted with better safety equipment. This would include side-bars and better blind-spot mirrors.

The recommendations would include:

1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should look at extending regulations that govern the reporting of on road collisions. That could help bring greater responsibility on contractors to monitor and, where necessary, improve driver behaviour.

2. Vehicle manufacturers should carry out more research into the blind spots of construction vehicles. Research in the report shows that certain models of cement mixers can have a blind spot which is up to 50% larger than that of a 7.5 tonne “curtain-sided” delivery lorry.

3. Contractors and their clients should look into setting more realistic time slots for deliveries. That could help reduce pressure on drivers facing challenging delivery deadlines and help reduce the risk of driver errors.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “There is a clear and urgent need to address the spate of serious incidents we have seen involving construction vehicles and cyclists over recent years.

“That is why my team commissioned the first ever independent review of the relationship between construction vehicles and cyclist safety.”

London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “It is clear there is a responsibility for all parties, including cyclists, the construction and haulage industries, safety regulators, highway authorities and ourselves, to take steps to improve the safety of cyclists and ensure that as many of the recommendations detailed in this report are delivered.

We expect this will affect many sameday couriers in London as many companies offer 7.5t vehicles for the larger deliveries.

How will London couriers cope during the Olympics

It’s hard to tell just how well London couriers will cope with the influx of an extra five million visitors.

To be honest, London traffic has never been good at the best of times, so an estimated 30% increase on the roads London could well grind the capital to a halt.

Londons transport infrastructure has been identified as one of the biggest risks to the games’ smooth running and anyone that delivers regularly in London already knows this.
Also, couriers delivering within the capital during this period will be impacted by transport changes, which will increase delivery times in the capital. This will almost certainly affect the following postcodes E, EC, WC, SE, N, NW, SW and W.
Some couriers may even refuse to attempt anything within the E postcodes.

Lets hope it all runs smoothly as the government has intended, and everyone including good old London sameday couriers, do well from the increased business.

Will any London Sameday Couriers look like this?

Tron fans may remember this bike but will we ever see any of the London Sameday Couriers riding one of these

This fantastic bike is all electric and can do 100mph and has a range of 100 miles.

It really is space age but one things for sure, no car driver can claim he never saw you.

Royal Mail apologise for late deliveries

Royal Mail has had to apologise after a problem with it’s new system meant that letters were being delivered as late as 6.30 in the evening.

Their system had problems due to a change over in how letters were delivered. Many walk and bike rounds had been replaced by vans as there were now more parcels and less letters.
This is due mainly to the increase in online shopping.

Royal Mail bosses admitted that due to the changes brought in last month, there were delays in the post reaching some households in Peterborough.
Royal Mail apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused.

A spokewoman said “These are only bedding in problems and we hope delivery times will get back to normal as soon as possible”

Usually where Royal Mail have problems, there is an increase in same day courier business due to companies wanting to know that urgent documents and parcels are going to arrive on time.

Getting your parking ticket overturned

It is one of those facts of life, especially if you drive and park in London. Sooner or later the likelyhood is you will end up getting a parking ticket.

Parking tickets are one of the things that send your blood pressure rocketing. It’s bad enough receiving one when you know you’ve broken the law, parking illegally. But there are times when your certain that you have parked within the rules.
Most people fume at this but then up paying it as they just can’t be bothered to contest it. Same Day couriers in London are only too aware that it’s worth contesting. This also goes for Same Day couriers in Manchester and Leeds

If you’ve got a good case, maybe the signs were not clear or even incorrect or maybe the yellow lines were faded.
Whatever you do, make sure you contest it.
If you’ve got a good reason to contest it, put in writing your reasons (and photo evidence) and the chances are you will have the ticket (PCN) cancelled.

If the ticket is not cancelled, all is not lost. You can still take it to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, the independent body which covers 250 local councils in England and Wales. It is based in Manchester but arranges personal hearings around the country.

If you have a good case there is every chance it will be cancelled, because if the tribunual agree with your appeal, they have the power to force the council to quash it. What’s more you may even get your expenses paid if you have to attend.

Read the BBC report: How are parking tickets overturned?