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How to become a food delivery driver

To become a food delivery driver in the UK, you’ll need a valid driving licence, your own transport, hire and reward insurance cover, and to sign up for one of the UK’s popular delivery services like Uber Eats or Deliveroo.

Whether this becomes your full-time profession or a side hustle to earn extra money, becoming a food courier or driver can be a lucrative business.

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What does it take to be a food delivery driver in the UK?

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How do I choose the right food delivery platform?

What type of delivery vehicle should you choose to deliver food?

FactorIdeal Vehicle(s)
Frequent Deliveries Car, Scooter, Motorcycle
Occasional Deliveries Bicycle, Scooter, Car
CitiesBicycle, Scooter
Suburban/Rural Areas Car, Van
High Fitness Level Bicycle
Comfort and Weather Protection Car, Van, Scooter
Limited Parking Bicycle, Scooter, Motorcycle

What type of insurance do you need as a food delivery driver?

How to be a successful food delivery driver?

Become a successful food courier by following these steps:

Master the app

Become familiar with the ins and outs of the delivery app you’re using. This includes navigating the interface efficiently, understanding how to accept and manage deliveries, and how to use GPS effectively to find optimal routes.

Customer care counts

Be polite and professional in all your interactions with customers. A friendly smile, positive attitude and good communication skills can go a long way in earning good ratings (and potentially higher tips!).

Maths skills

Cash handling can be a major part of the job and incorrect working out of change can leave a bitter taste in your customers’ mouth.

By following these tips and consistently making customer service a top priority, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful food delivery driver in the UK!

Know your local area

Familiarise yourself with your delivery area. Knowing shortcuts, high-traffic zones and parking options can significantly improve your delivery efficiency.

Time is money

Develop excellent time management skills. Prioritise deliveries based on distance and estimated times to ensure prompt customer service.

Final thoughts

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do food couriers earn in the UK?

Earnings vary depending on how many hours you work, the platform you work for, and customer tips.

  • Deliveroo drivers = £10.86 per hour
  • Just Eat Takeaway drivers = £11 per hour
  • Uber Eats drivers = between £7 and £14 per hour
Do people tip food delivery drivers in the UK?

People don’t usually tip food delivery drivers in the UK because it’s not expected like it would be in sit-down restaurants or eateries. Customers already pay an additional delivery fee. However, it’s entirely up to them if they want to tip you via the driver app.

How much does food delivery insurance cost?

Here’s a rough estimation of food delivery insurance costs in the UK:

  • Pay-as-you-go insurance = £0.80 per hour
  • Monthly policy = £110 – £150 per month
  • Annual policy = £650 – £1,200 per year