Category Archives: News

News from around the globe associated with couriers and transport in general.

Would Brexit have a negative effect on UK business.

With industry in the UK not quite sure of the effect that leaving Europe would have on their businesses, we wonder just how many really want to leave.

Some financial gurus, such as the prolific investor Neil Woodford, don’t think it will be that bad if we leave. Others say it could be disastrous. The thing is no one really knows.

As a nation, history shows we always seem to do OK on our own. We hear ‘experts’ say that being in Europe makes us stronger but the fact is all the new rules and bureaucracy that come from being in Europe can sometimes hinder small to medium businesses. Another thing to remember is that the UK have been the quickest out of recession, which shows the strength of our economy and the way it’s now run.

Whichever way it turns out, we at Fastpeed Couriers believe businesses will still require urgent deliveries to be made, especially a requirement for Sameday Couriers between Manchester and 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.

London helicopter courier service

The first ever helicopter courier service in London is now in service, delivering urgent documents from across the Atlantic to the city’s vast number of banks in as little as 24 hours.

The DHL Express service flies daily from Heathrow into the Isle of Dogs. This essentially bypasses the traffic and is said to cut the journey time into Canary Wharf and then the City of London by as much as one hour, where London same day couriers then complete the job by road.

This service must be highly popular and can only help businesses in the capital where time is of the essence.

Royal Mail going from strength to strength

Royal Mail mail deliveries have been in decline for some time with less letters being sent. This could be down to the increased use of email etc.
On the other hand Royal Mail parcel deliveries have been on the up giving them an increase for the same period as last year for the six months up to September from £12m to £144m.

How this affects the sameday courier business is anyones guess. Whilst there will always be a need for Same Day Couriers in London many companies that are feeling the pinch may opt for a next day delivery if their customer can wait until the following morning.

Business on the whole seems to be surviving at the moment. This is not the case for some of our neighbours in Europe. In Spain things are looking very grim at the moment with many businesses really struggling. Our goverment says they are doing everything they can to get business moving. We can only hope that the situation there doesn’t end up the same here.

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?