Van Driver job description

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The role of a van driver is to deliver goods from a manufacturer to a retail outlet, such as a shop and wholesaler. Many van drivers spend long hours on the road so it is a job best suited to people who don’t mind spending the vast majority of their time in a vehicle. Van drivers need to have good communication skills to deal with customers
As well as making deliveries, the driver has to be able to keep detailed records of mileage, fuel consumption and other purchases made while on duty. On arrival at a delivery site, the driver must take a signature, fill out forms or hand out invoices
No specific qualifications are required to fill the position, but secondary education, a driver’s license and experience in the field will help applicants get a job as a van driver. The average pay for this type of work is around £14,000 per year though some drivers can earn more depending on the employer.

Description

Van Drivers are required to transport different types of products, including computers, furniture, domestic appliances, documents, parcels, food, etc. They can also transport money using special vans for that purpose. This job require different types of driving licences depending on van size, for instance, vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes requires a driver with a C1 licence.

A Van Driver usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Planning routes.
• Checking vehicle parts.
• Loading goods to the van.
• Keeping records of deliveries.
• Obtaining signed receipts from goods´ delivery.

Skills

• Being punctual.
• Having excellent driving skills.
• Being reliable and trustworthy.
• Having good concentration.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Having knowledge about routes and geography.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having awareness of safety procedures for goods´ loading and unloading processes.
• Being able to meet deadlines.
• Having good communication skills.

Education

Van Driver job placements just require a driving licence, including good driving record and skills in Math and English. In cases of larger vehicles, it is required to have a C1 licence and pass medical examinations. This type of licence is for large goods vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

Special cases like drivers for cash and valuables transport need an SIA licence. This also requires the completion of the National Open College Network level 2 award in cash and valuables in transit.

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