Delivery driver

Also known as:

  • Van driver

What they do

Delivery drivers utilise vans, cars, bicycles, motorbikes and scooters to pick up and deliver goods. They assist with the loading and unloading of goods and ensure that they are safely stowed. They plan and drive from a loading location to an unloading location. They may need to use a two-way radio or other communication device. They may be involved with payments and receipts for services rendered. They may also need to perform maintenance on their vehicle. Some delivery drivers are self-employed and some work on a sub-contract basis.

Specialisations include: Fast food delivery driver, Grocery deliverer, Meals on wheels driver, Taxi truck driver

Working conditions

Some delivery drivers work on a sub-contract basis and provide their own vehicle. Motorcycle and bicycle couriers almost always provide their own transport. Some delivery drivers wear a uniform. A delivery driver may work regular work hours and work week, or they may be required to work irregular hours depending on the job required. The latter is especially true if they are self-employed.

Tools and technologies

Depending on the area they work in, delivery drivers may need to be able to maintain their vehicle. They may also need to be able to use communication devices or mobile barcode scanner.

How do I become one?

Education and training

You can work as a delivery driver without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

Required registration and licensing

You will need a valid driver's licence if driving a motorised vehicle.