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Delivery van driver

Delivery van drivers collect goods and deliver them to customers.
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What does a delivery van driver do?

This job would include:

  • collecting goods from a depot, warehouse or pick-up point
  • loading the vehicle in an order that matches the deliveries that will be made
  • planning the route to make sure that deliveries are made on time
  • unloading goods at the right addresses
  • getting signatures for goods and giving invoices once the delivery has been made
  • recording mileage and the amount of fuel purchased
  • updating delivery records, often using a hand-held computer
  • returning undelivered items to the base

Vehicle's could vary in size, depending on the load. Many vans are 3.5 tonnes or less, but this role might also drive vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

If working for a security firm and delivering valuables or cash, this role would involve driving a specially adapted van with a time-lock safe and other security features.


What do I need to do to become a delivery van driver?

To work as a delivery driver, employers will expect you to have:

  • basic English and maths skills
  • good eyesight and colour vision
  • a good driving record and the correct licence

The type of delivery vehicle you can drive will depend on when you passed your car driving test.

If you got your car driving licence before 1 January 1997, you are allowed to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes without the need for a separate licence.

If you got your car licence after 1 January 1997, you can drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes with your car licence. To drive vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you will need further training to get a category C1 licence. You must be at least 18 years old, and pass medical, theory and practical tests.

All drivers will also need to complete a short course to get a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

You can search for LGV (including C1) and CPC training providers on the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website.

For more information about relevant licences, see the GOV.UK website.

You may be able to start this job through an apprenticeship with a delivery company. You will need to check which schemes are available in your area. Employers tend to look for people aged 18 or over. To find out more, visit the apprenticeships website.


Related skills

  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Physical fitness

Where to find out more


Where could I be working?

Employers include courier services, manufacturing companies and retailers throughout the country. In recent years, there has been an increase in delivery opportunities, partly because of the growth of online shopping. Other options include cash-in-transit driving and pharmacy deliveries. 

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