Couriers — go green

Can couriers make themselves more environmentally friendly?

Couriers make their living by sending letters, parcels and larger items from one place to another. This means that they are on the road most of the time, which has an impact on the environment. However, there are ways to look like couriers on reducing the impact on the planet.

Green solutions for couriers
We can all point to ways to reduce the impact of our lives on the environment. From the packaging we buy to the cars we drive, just a few small positive steps could make the difference:
• Cycle couriers - particularly popular in London, cycle couriers can be a lot of traffic when it comes to hitting a package from one side of the city to the other. Cycling trails have made cycling safer in London and able to break between traffic saves time and money. However, there are disadvantages: cyclists can only wear really small packages and they can be in danger of having an accident if they do not drive carefully.
• Electric vans - while they were always popular in theory, it was difficult for electric vehicles to break into the freight market. In 2007, however, a company in Coventry began manufacturing electric vehicles designed for a payload of up to two tonnes. Their size and capacity makes them ideal for courier companies that often drive only short distances and accommodate lighter loads. The vans can cover around 100 miles to a full load and have a top speed of about 50 miles per hour. If the couriers decided to replace only one or two of their vans with these alternatives, they could make a real difference to the environment.
• Trains - transport with trains Post freight is an old idea, but one that couriers can benefit if they have a national network of drivers. Saving time and money by placing your goods on a specialist train service and then arranging collection at the other end means that couriers can provide all the cost savings on customers while also reducing the time that their drivers spend on the road.
For those companies, such as couriers who rely on the road network to keep their business, issues such as high fuel prices and road-use fees can have a huge impact on the viability of the company. If you are looking for ways to reduce your traffic or use vehicles that might miss some of the most common charges, you can look after the bank balance and the planet.