How to Choose a Vehicle for Urban Delivery Work
The city streets are a hive for transportation. They are abuzz with the constant activity of vans, trucks, cars, motorbikes and bicycles trying their best to get packages to places on time.The choice for people working in the industry is not a matter of simply which cargo to take where, but which vehicles to pick for each route.
The motorbike features a great deal of versatility, yet it also the speed required for delivery work. The benefit of bikes, from small scooters to larger cruisers, is that they can move a package very swiftly through clogged streets, even if they cannot carry too many goods. This results in them being perfect for short notice jobs; the rider can leap onto the bike and speed off to a given point, and get back as quickly as possible, with plenty of time for the next job.
Bicycles appear ready-made for urban delivery work as they are light, nimble and yet able to move over long distances down alleys and past heavily blocked roads. But when picking a bicycle over other modes of transport, you should do more than just decide based on the quantity of cargo. Some cities are more receptive to cycles than others. Traffic lights, closed roads and dead-end paths can hold up trips, and at times you could be delayed by the weather. All such issues need to be carefully considered, but in the end, if you have proper, seasoned riders and good, reliable bicycles, they are an excellent way to navigate the inner-city maze.
There seems to be a greater number of cars being used for delivery work, since they use less fuel (so are better for the environment than vans) and can transport more cargo safely than bikes or cycles. This gives them an advantage when transporting fragile goods, such as human organs for medical use.
Vans are certainly the most commonly used vehicle for inner-city delivery work. There are many on the road at all times transporting mail, materials, vegetables and many other products. They are big enough to hold a large quantity of goods (for numerous clients), yet are compact enough to zip through smaller streets and discover places to park. In choosing a van, you need to consider the types of clients that you have and the nature of your jobs. It is not good business to take on too many clients if your vehicles can’t handle it.