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Couriers - Going Green

Can couriers make themselves more environmentally friendly?

Couriers make their living by driving letters, packages and larger shipments from one place to another. This means that they are on the road most of the time, which has an impact on the environment. There are, however, ways in which couriers can look at reducing the impact they have on the planet.

Green Solutions For Couriers

We can all look at ways of reducing the impact our lives have on the environment. From the packaging we buy to the cars we drive, just a few small positive steps could make all the difference:

  • Cycle couriers - especially popular in London, cycle couriers can beat a lot of the traffic when it comes to getting a package from one side of the city to the other. Cycle lanes have made cycling safer in London, and being able to nip between the traffic saves time as well as money. There are drawbacks, however: cyclists can only really carry small packages and they may be at more risk of having an accident if they don't ride carefully.
  • Electric vans - whilst they have always been popular in theory, it has been difficult for the electric van to break into the haulage market. In 2007, however, a company in Coventry began producing electric vans designed to take a payload of up to two tonnes. Their size and capacity make them ideal for courier firms, who often only travel short distances and take lighter loads. The vans can cover around 100 miles on a full charge and have a top speed of around 50 miles per hour. If couriers chose to replace just one or two of their vans with these alternatives, they could be making a real difference to the environment.
  • Trains - using trains to transport post freight is an old idea, but one that couriers can take advantage of if they have a national network of drivers. Saving time and money by putting your goods onto a specialist train service and then arranging collection at the other end means that couriers can pass any cost savings onto clients whilst also reducing the amount of time their drivers spend on the road.

For those companies, like couriers, who rely on the road network to keep their businesses running, issues like high fuel prices and road-use charging can have a huge impact on the viability of the business. Looking for ways to reduce your road use or to use vehicles that escape some of the more common charges could look after the bank balance as well as the planet.

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