Few might have predicted it at the start of the year, but the UK’s couriers are now increasingly referred to as the nation’s newest emergency service.
From major logistics businesses to single vehicle owner-operators, these couriers are being relied upon like never before, putting themselves on the frontline to support millions of households in lockdown, deliver urgent supplies to medical facilities and help keep the UK’s economy going.
As Government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have become more stringent, our delivery needs have shifted radically. Getting items such as prescriptions and protective face masks out to vulnerable people is essential, but even goods previously considered trivial – such as USB mice and Wi-Fi extenders – are proving vital for employees no longer able to return to their offices.
Thousands of additional drivers are required to meet the unprecedented spike in demand for delivery services, far exceeding available capacity within the traditional courier industry. Consequently, workers from a variety of external trades are being encouraged to diversify and help plug the shortfall in supply.
Whether you’re a construction worker or a plumber, if you own a panel
van then the courier industry is crying out for your services at this
time of national crisis. In fact, diversifying could provide a vital
lifeline for the many small business owners and self-employed workers
whose day-to-day business has dried up as a result of the pandemic.
We now offer specialist Courier Van insurance for owner operators with just 1 vehicle up to 5 vans. And if you have multi-vans we'll even offer "Any driver" cover as, in these uncertain times, we understand you may have drivers come and go quite quickly and don't want to have to fuss about telling us of the changes.
To get a quote call us on 01424 718790 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm. Because all our broking teams are working from home you'll be asked for your basic contact details and then we'll call you back to go through the full detail. And we've streamlined the quote process so that where quotes used to take a day or two to confirm, we can usually provide guaranteed terms within a few hours. We can even throw in a courtesy van for you at time of claim so you can keep earning at this vital time!
It’s impossible to predict how long the current crisis will last. However, in the short- to medium-term, it’s clear that our nation’s reliance on couriers is going to remain paramount, so we’re pleased to be able to offer our support to the courier industry as it steps up to this mighty challenge.