Despatch riders, sometimes known as couriers,
transport items quickly by motorcycle. Items can include
packages, letters, legal documents or messages.
Typically, a depot controller will be in radio contact with the despatch rider/courier giving details of where and when to collect the package, and the destination address. Despatch riders sign for the package on collection, and get an appropriate person to sign for it upon delivery.
Most of the trips will be short journeys in a built-up area of a major city. Occasionally there may be longer journeys. Riders rarely return to base. They will normally be in contact with the depot controller by two-way radio, pager, mobile phone or roadside telephone.
Despatch riders/couriers are responsible for keeping their motorcycle roadworthy.
Despatch riders normally work a 40- to 50-hour week.
Hours are normally between 9am to 6pm, but early
starts and late finishes may be required. Some courier
firms provide a 24-hour service, which would involve
working at night.
On average, a London despatch rider does 10 to 20 separate collection/delivery jobs a day, covering about 100 miles.
Despatch riders/couriers work in all weathers. They also have to cope with exhaust fumes and noise from other vehicles. Safety clothing such as a helmet, leathers, gloves and boots are always worn.
As a motorcycle despatch rider, you should:
There are around 20,000 motorcycle despatch riders
working throughout the UK. Most opportunities are in
Despatch riders/couriers can be employed, earning a fixed salary, or work on a self- employed basis as a freelance rider.
Some despatch riders become controllers or start their own courier firms.
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