How to become a van courier
Written by Benedict Harrison
Our guide to the steps you'll need to take to start work as a van courier.
As courier delivery and logistics companies increase the number of drivers on their books in the face of increased customer demand, many people are considering taking up work as a van courier.
But before you drop off your first parcel, there are a few things you’ll need to think about. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the key steps you’ll want to consider on your road to becoming a van courier. We’ll also explore the different options Zego offers for courier van drivers and show you how you can get started with your quote for courier van insurance.
Get a vehicle
It goes without saying that one of the most important aspects of becoming a van courier is to get access to a van to use for your work. Vans can store and transport large numbers of parcels in one go, which makes them ideal for courier work.
There are lots of different options available to you when sorting out a vehicle to use for your work, so it’s worth taking the time to look around. For more information on how to choose a van that’s right for you, you can read our guide here.
Estimate your costs
Before you start work as a courier van driver, it’s important to think about all the costs that will be associated with your new line of work. This includes things like buying and maintaining your van, your fuel costs, your potential earnings and how much you could be spending on insurance.
Taking the time to work all of this out can be a time consuming process. But it doesn’t have to be. At Zego, we’ve designed a way for you to get an estimated price for your insurance in less than a minute, so you don’t have to spend hours on the phone comparing quotes.
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Plan your work
There are a number of different options available to you when it comes to working as a van courier. Many drivers prefer to work with existing logistics companies, but you can also set yourself up as a sole trader, or even as a limited company.
Whichever option works best for you, it’s a good idea to consider different approaches, so you can find a job that suits you.
Sort out your insurance
As a van courier, you will need to have specific insurance cover in place. As well as a policy that includes Hire & Reward (H&R) cover for your delivery work, you may also need Public Liability insurance for any non-motor related incidents and Social, Domestic & Pleasure (SD&P) insurance for your personal use of your van.
At Zego, we offer combined courier van insurance that provides you with the protection you need for your work. You can choose the policy length and level of cover that suits you, so you have the cover you need to feel safe when you’re at work.
You can even choose from our great range of optional extras, which includes Goods in Transit insurance, Breakdown Cover and No Claims Discount Protection.
For more information, visit our courier van insurance page. Or if you’re interested in getting started with your quote, fill in your details using the form below.