CMR insurance is a type of cover which allows hauliers and couriers to legally carry goods within Europe.
Our Goods in Transit policies can cover any number of vehicles under one policy. Our sales team will determine how many vehicles you require cover for, and ensure you are covered adequately by giving you a level of cover per vehicle on the policy.
If your business is involved in transporting goods from one location to another, you may not be covered under the terms of a standard commercial vehicle policy for any damage or loss to any of the goods you are carrying while in transit.
Courier Insurance is a type of cover designed for people who drive a vehicle and carry other peoples goods or materials for work. Courier drivers require specialist motor insurance which covers them to ‘carry goods for hire and reward’.
If the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal on 31st December 2020, all UK motorists who are planning to drive in the European Economic Area (EEA) and some other countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland) will need to request a green card.
It’s simple! If you drive a vehicle and carry other people’s goods or materials for work, you will need Courier Insurance. Whether you are transporting promotional goods or general deliveries, you will need to make sure you have the correct Courier Insurance before heading out on the road.
Yes, subject to an additional premium and dependent on the insurer. Contact us with the details of the driver and we should be able to obtain a quote with them.
Some Courier Insurance policies come with Goods in Transit cover automatically. Some do not. We’ll be able to find you a competitive quote for your Goods in Transit even if it isn’t already included.
Our policies are tailored to suit your requirements so your premium is calculated based on what type of cover you need. We do not have set costs for the cover, however you can speak to our agents who can find a quick quote for you over the phone.
Yes, you also have the option to list named drivers or choice of an any driver policy.
Yes, we can cover you for social, domestic and pleasure so if you use your van for business or for personal use you will be covered.
Yes, for most of our policies, you can transfer your car no claims bonus, however, you can only use your bonus once. Please call us to find out more.
Our standard commercial Van Insurance does not include the tools inside your vehicle, however you can add on Tool Cover to your policy for a small charge.
Commercial Van Insurance is a type of policy for people who drive a van for work purposes. This policy is also for those who use a van to commute to work, even if its not used as part of their job.
A private hire vehicle is a taxi which a customer must book in advance.
Public Liability for taxi drivers is not a legal requirement, but it is something that is strongly recommended when carrying passengers for commercial use. Many local authorities will require you to have Public Liability insurance.
A public hire vehicle is a taxi which is licensed for use as a hackney carriage i.e. a black cab that you can flag down and do not have to pre-book.
No, with our Taxi Insurance you will not require extra Commercial Insurance as our policies are designed to specifically cover taxi drivers.
Haulage Insurance is a form of Commercial Vehicle Insurance for people who transport goods in a HGV for work.
It is advisable to get Goods in Transit to cover the goods being carried and Public Liability to cover third party risks to the public.
Legally no, but many firms require sub-contracting drivers to have it.
A type of insurance designed for individuals or businesses who carry smaller goods in smaller vehicles on behalf of customers. However, you must make sure that your policy covers you for all types of goods that you carry.
With our Haulage Insurance policies you can have four named drivers, however any driver is also an option.
We have a wide range of optional extras including; Breakdown Cover, Legal Expenses and Tool Cover.
A specialist vehicle could be anything from a souped-up car, a tractor or even a crane. Call our insurance experts and talk to them about your vehicle and your requirements and they can advise you on the best policy for you.
We have access to a panel of insurers, so we can help you compare different policies and decide which is the best option for you.
A minibus is classed as a vehicle that can carry between 8 to 16 passengers. Anything over 16 is classed as a coach.
If the minibus is not for hire and reward you might be able to drive with up to 16 passengers using your car licence. You must be 21 or older and have held your licence for more than two years. Please refer to: https://www.gov.uk/ for more info.
Yes, providing that your own motor insurance company are happy with the circumstances and you have not been negligent for any reason.
GAP Insurance cannot be renewed or extended, for that reason we provide you with the option to take out a 12, 24 or 36 month policy.
If your motor insurer refuses your claim for any reason, then GAP Insurance cannot settle the shortfall. Also, if you purchase a brand new car which is subsequently a total loss and your insurer offers you a new-for-old replacement vehicle which you refuse, your GAP policy will not pay out. Please refer to your policy wording for full exclusions.
You must be 17 years of age with a provisional or full driving license and covered by a fully comprehensive insurance policy.
Yes, provided your motor insurer extends fully comprehensive cover to Europe.
Fleet Insurance is a type of cover which is designed for businesses who own multiple vehicles. To save you from having multiple policies, Fleet Insurance allows you to have all your vehicles insured under one policy.
A minimum of three vehicles is required for our Fleet Insurance.
A fleet policy is not always cheaper, each risk is looked at on an individual basis and our insurance experts will be able to review your requirements and offer further advice and information on prices.
The Company or Director/Partner must be the registered owner of the vehicles.
Yes, but only if it is related to your business or for social, domestic and pleasure use. The vehicles cannot be used for any other business use than what is stated on your policy.
We would recommend Professional Indemnity, Buildings (if required), Contents, Stock, and Liability Insurance.
If you rent the property you will not require Buildings Insurance as the building owner should have this covered. However, you would require Pubic Liability Insurance, and Employers Liability Insurance if you have staff working for you. We also recommend Contents & Stock Insurance to ensure your equipment and products are covered.
Yes, we are able to cover most of your equipment and contents used within the salon.
If you own the building, you require Buildings Insurance and we would recommend you get Contents Insurance to protect your office equipment. If you have staff, you will also require Employers Liability Insurance.
It is the owners responsibility of the building you rent to have Buildings Insurance in place. However, if you have your own staff and contents, you will need to take out Employers Liability Insurance and Contents Insurance.
Yes, of the contents within the office can be insured. We also can provide insurance for when the items are taken away from the premises.
The cost of Shop Insurance depends on your business requirements. We have experts on hand to guide you through the process and offer you a quote specific to your business.
This depends on whether you own your premises. However, any business owner should have Public Liability Insurance as a minimum.
Yes, limited companies do need insurance cover.
If a you own a business you will need Public Liability Insurance. If you have employees, you are also legally required to have Employees Liability Insurance.
The cost of Restaurant Insurance will vary for different businesses. Our aim is to find out more about your business and talk through all of your requirements to give you a competitive package and price.
If you own the building, you will need Buildings Insurance and should also consider Public Liability Insurance. If you have staff, you will also need to add Employers Liability Insurance. For equipment and products on sale, you may also need to consider Contents and Stock cover.
You do not require Buildings Insurance, this will be the owners responsibility.
Yes, we can cover both Public and Employers Liability.
As the owner of a licensed venue you require Public Liability Insurance, Employers Liability, Buildings (if required), Contents, and Stock Insurance. We also recommend that you consider Loss of Licence Insurance.
If you do not own the venue, you would not require Buildings Insurance, as this will be the responsibility of the owner. However, you should consider Contents and Stock Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Employers Liability Insurance, as well as Loss of License.
Our Contents and Stock Insurance cover protects your contents, stock and cash within your premises.
Our premiums are based on the business size and how many rooms your B&B has. We would need to speak to you to find out more about your accommodation prior to providing a quote.
We try and cater for all different sized Hotels or Guesthouses. Each business is different, so we would prefer to speak to you to find out more about your individual needs and find the best cover and price for you.
Yes, as part of our Buildings and Contents cover, your guests as well as your own belongings are covered.
This insurance can cover your Buildings and Contents Insurance as well as Loss of Rent Insurance.
Yes, theft is covered under your Buildings and Contents Insurance.
If you own a commercial property, you will require Buildings Insurance. Contents insurance would be recommended. Our commercial property insurance can cover you for both as well as your liability.
This varies for each individual landlord policy. Our prices are based on many factors, including the value of the property and contents that need to be covered.
Our Landlords Insurance includes, Buildings Insurance, Contents Insurance, Public Liability, Loss of Rent, and Rent Guarantee.
If you are a landlord, own the property and let your property, it is a legal requirement to have Buildings Insurance.
We recommend that you have Contents Insurance in place to protect you financially. Especially if your property is furnished, where our Contents Insurance covers you for damage or theft to your furniture.
Even if you will live in the property with your tenants, you will still need Landlords Insurance, which is not covered by a typical Home Insurance policy designed for non-rental properties.
Yes – we can insure your tools while they are in your van or in a lock-up.
Our policies do extend to cover tools overnight, subject to terms and conditions. Our experts will talk you through those conditions.
It is not a legal requirement, however it is highly recommended to protect you against financial loss and also may lead to you being unable to work.
Tradesman Insurance is insurance for people in the trade. Public Liability Insurance protects a tradesman against damage to a third party property or person. Tradesman Insurance can also include cover for Employers Liability, Tools, Plant and Contractors All Risks.
Although not a legal requirement we would recommend Public Liability Insurance is taken out to protect yourself and your customers against injury to a third party person, or damage to a third party property.
We would always recommend taking our Competitive Tools add on to protect your business if your tools are stolen from your van.
There are a number of beauty treatments you can offer your clients, that’s why we cover you for a wide range, such as body wraps, ear piercing, electrolysis, facial hair removal, threading, microdermabrasion, waxing and much more.
Yes – we insure life coaches and counsellors. We would recommend you give us a call and talk through your profession and our in-house experts and advise you on what the best type of cover is for you and your business.
If you have employees you are required to have correct Employers Liability Insurance which will cover your employees against injury or death whilst working for you.
All policy premiums vary and ours is based on your turnover, not the size your business. Just give our experts a call to get a quote today.
Yes, we can provide Mobile Catering Insurance. Our policies will cover you for one off events and any regular events you work at.
We have a range of catering optional covers such as Product Liability Insurance, so you can choose these for your policy should you require them.
Public Liability is a type of insurance that protects you in the event that a member of public was to sue your business. It covers you against the cost of claims made against you if a member of the public has suffered an injury as a result of your business.
If you are a sole trader or partnership with no employees it is not a legal requirement to have Public Liability Insurance. However, it is recommended that you have Public Liability when working on public property. You may also be required to have Public Liability Insurance as part of a contract with a principal contractor.
We offer cover for £1 million, £2 million, £5 million and £10 million, so you can select which cover suits your business requirements best.
If they work under your instruction using your equipment they are your responsibility and therefore will need to be covered.
While Public Liability Insurance is not compulsory under UK law, it is strongly recommended and may be required by some of your clients. Depending on your business, some organisations will require you to have proof of Public Liability Insurance cover before agreeing to a contract.
Employers Liability is Insurance cover which protects you against and costs of legal fees should an employee sue your business for any illness or injury which occurred when working for you. You are legally required to have correct the Liability Insurance if you have employees.
Yes, if you employ staff directly or use labour only sub-contractors it is a legal requirement to ensure you have Employers Liability Insurance. If you are employing a family member, it is not always compulsory to have Employers Liability Insurance, however is recommended.
Employers Liability Insurance covers a company or business owners in the event that an employee sustains an injury at work whilst working for the business.
All labour only sub-contractors are your responsibility and are required to be covered by Employers Liability Insurance. Bona-fide sub-contractors, working independently, may not require cover. They will have their own Public Liability Insurance, however, you must ensure that their insurance is of an equivalent cover limit to your own policy.
If you are self-employed and employ staff directly, or use labour only sub-contractors, you are required to have Employers Liability Insurance by law.
Professional Indemnity Insurance is an important type of business insurance, designed for businesses that give advice or provide a professional service to clients. It can cover compensation claims if legal action is brought against you by a client for making an error that leads to financial loss.
Professional Indemnity Insurance covers the above, whereas Public Liability Insurance covers physical damage to a third party property or person.
It provides cover for financial loss caused by wrongful advice or services. If you are providing advice, consultation, or design services it is recommended that you have Professional Indemnity Insurance. You may also be required to hold Professional Indemnity as part of a contract with a principal contractor.
It is not an insurance product required by law and depends on the type of services provided by the company. Professional Indemnity Insurance is prudent when it comes to businesses offering a professional service such as accountants, solicitors, consultants, architects, etc.
Directors & Officers (D&O) is liability insurance for the directors and officers of a company. If someone alleges you’ve done a wrongful act when running your business, then they can sue the company, which means they can sue you. D&O Insurance offers protection for claims against you as an individual.
If you are a director or an officer of a company, we would recommend you source D&O Insurance for your own protection.
If your company has directors or key managers, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance can cover the cost of compensation claims made against them by shareholders, investors, employees, regulators or third parties.
Cyber Liability Insurance is a policy which protects businesses from internet-based risks. Such as cyber attacks, data breaches and hacking.
If you own a business which handles sensitive data on your computer systems you should have the correct protection in place. Having the right insurance means you are protecting your business against the risk of your customers data being compromised in the event of a cyber attack.
Cyber Liability Insurance is designed to support and protect your business if it experiences a data breach or is the subject of an attack by a malicious hacker that affects its computer systems.
Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK, guaranteeing that the motorist has the necessary third-party motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.
Prior to travelling you will need to contact us on 0344 776 5305 to request your Green Card. Depending on who your insurer is, we will either request a Green Card from the insurer or we will issue you your Green Card directly. We recommend that you contact us at least one month before travel as some insurers have indicated it could take up to 4 weeks to issue the Green Card.
No, there is no charge for issuing you a Green Card.
If the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December 2020 with no deal having been agreed, and you drive in a European country without a Green Card, you will be breaking the law.
This could result in you being charged with driving without insurance which could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized or prosecution.
No. The Green Card (the International Motor Insurance Certificate ‘IMIC’) changed to being valid in black text on white paper from July 2020. The managing organisation of the Green Card system, the Council of Bureaux, facilitated this development with the appropriate authorities in the participating countries.
If you need to print the Green Card document yourself, The Green Card will be valid printed in black text on plain white paper. The information must be clear and readable, set out in a vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) format. The acceptable size of paper is a maximum of A4 to a minimum of A6. The back page should be blank.
You can choose to use green paper (with black text) but no other colour will be valid.
Yes. Under current international rules, Green Cards are physical paper documents. You may be required to show the physical document at the border when entering the EU, but this will be a decision for the border authorities to take. You may also be subject to police checks while driving abroad and you will also need to be able to present the document at the scene if you are involved in an accident.
You should carry your V5 Vehicle Registration Document with you when driving abroad. It is also advisable to carry a copy of your Certificate of Insurance. In the event of a no deal Brexit you may also be required to have an International Driving Permit. This is available from the Post Office at a cost of £5.50 and must be applied for in person at a Post Office branch.
More information is provided on the Post Office website at;
The UK Government have provided guidance around driving abroad on the following website;
If you have any further questions then please contact us on 0344 776 5305. Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Live Chat facility at www.businesschoicedirect.co.uk
Getting your name out there locally is a great starting point. Whilst the majority of couriers are self-employed, they actually contract with different courier companies. You should have a look on the Courier Exchange website, which helps you find courier work, increase business, reduce costs, network and expand routes. It may take a while before your self-employed courier jobs really take off, but if you complete the job well demonstrating reliability and build up an excellent reputation, there will always be work with courier companies who heavily depend on reliable couriers.
Yes you do, as you will be a self-employed delivery driver.
There’s plenty of haulier and courier work available if you have a car, but the bigger the vehicle the better, so that you can courier bigger loads. Vans are preferred and will heighten your earning potential, but the most fundamental thing is that your vehicle is reliable and can go long distances without breaking down.
As you will be driving a vehicle, you are required by law to have insurance and it is your responsibility to have the correct insurance. If you are driving a van, you will need to have courier insurance. It would also be a good idea to have Goods In Transit insurance too, as this covers you in the event of goods you are transporting being damaged or stolen, whilst in your vehicle. If you have a large number of vehicles then it may be wise to consider Fleet Insurance as well.
Courier drivers typically get paid very quickly via bank transfer, with all invoices being processed and paid usually within 30 days.
You don’t need any qualifications to become a courier driver – the only real requirement is that you have a full and clean driving licence, along with a vehicle that is MOT’d with the correct type of business insurance. Becoming a self-employed courier driver does require certain skills. The most crucial skill for self-employed couriers is that they know where to go. With familiarity of traffic patterns and roadworks, they can plan the best and quickest routes possible, not only to ensure they arrive at their destination in good time but also for fuel efficiency. Courier drivers will also need to manage their bookkeeping, keeping track of packages and costs. People skills and a cheerful personality won’t go amiss either, as you will be dealing regularly with customers when delivering parcels. Finally, it will be handy to know what to do in the event of something going wrong with your vehicle – there’s always the chance of a flat tyre or your vehicle breaking down.
There are plenty of delivery driver advantages. With a change of scenery with every courier job, you’re not stuck behind a desk in an office job and there’s lots of flexibility, especially as you can choose your own hours and can choose the work you take on.
Courier driver jobs make a decent wage. A self-employed courier salary can be as much as £300 a day. Whilst wages will be low to begin with, it increases over time and you can still work in your day job, whilst being a courier driver. You can also earn more if you have a van, instead of a car as you will be able to deliver bigger loads.
The main duties of a courier driver are transporting items that require urgent delivery. These packages can range from fragile items and legal contracts, to medical delivery and business documents. Courier drivers will need to plan delivery routes, load items into their car or van, examine vehicles, signing for items and collecting instructions.
If you’re becoming a self-employed courier driver and need the appropriate insurance, or if you are an experienced courier driver needing to renew your insurance, get in touch with Business Choice Direct today. We can give you fantastic bespoke insurance policies tailored for your own needs.
Strategic are the insurance agency the policy was arranged through. LAMP Insurance are the insurance company that underwrite the GAP or Total Loss Protection policy.
Your policy has been cancelled as of midnight on 3rd October 2019. The cover is no longer in force after 23:59 on 2nd October 2019.
Your GAP or Total Loss Protection policy is now cancelled and you would not be able to make any claim on that policy as of 3rd October 2019.
The FSCS is the compensation scheme for UK policyholders. The FSCS can compensate customers if a firm has stopped trading or does not have enough assets to pay claims made against it. BCD policyholders insured with LAMP Insurance will be eligible to claim under the FSCS.
The FSCS will review on a case by case basis. If a refund is due it will be sent directly to you by cheque. The cheques will be sent out before the end of October 2019 directly from the FSCS.
If you are due a refund, return of premium is calculated on the basis of any unexpired premium from the Disclaimer date (3rd October 2019), and is compensated at 90% of the total due by the FSCS. No refund would be due if a claim had been reported.
As above, the FSCS will refund 90% of any unexpired premium from the date the policy was cancelled. You will not receive a full refund.
The terms and conditions of your existing policy remain applicable in the event that you have cancelled your Lamp insurance policy. Please see your policy wording in relation to cancellations.
The FSCS have advised that policyholders who have cancelled their policies will still be entitled to a return of premium but its value will be determined according to the policy terms and conditions which may be less favourable than a pro-rata return.
No. Payments from the FSCS are issued by cheque only. The cheque will be payable to the policyholder
We will confirm the up to date addresses we have to the FSCS. If you have changed address and not told us please email us now with the details and we will update the information.
We are unable to offer an alternative GAP or Total Loss Protection policy at this time.
All policyholders have an obligation to repay a loan to the provider under the terms and conditions of the loan agreement entered into. If you have any questions in respect of your loan, please contact CPF on 0333 3218 566.
The Liquidator has appointed Quest Consulting (London) Ltd of 52-53 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V OEH, United Kingdom (“Quest”) to administer claims and communications in respect of insurance claims should be sent to the following email address email@example.com
No claims occurring after 23:59 on 2nd October 2019 will be considered. Existing claims will continue to be dealt with by Quest Consulting.
Yes, you can, once you have paid the premium or your deposit, we can send proof of cover by email straight away.
Of course, we have a range of instalment options including flexible deposits depending on your circumstances.
We can cover cars for work and to deliver goods, just ask the team for assistance.
You will require furniture removal insurance if you carry out home or office moves which involve the removal of furniture, this insurance will cover the use carriage of goods for hire & reward but specifically to carry out furniture removals.
It’s simple! If you drive a vehicle and carry other people’s goods or materials for work, you will need Furniture Removals Insurance.
Goods in transit does not come included as part of the removals insurance, our insurance experts can offer you a tailored policy at a competitive price to make sure you are covered for all the goods you carry.
Our policies are tailored to suit your requirements so your premium is calculated based on what type of cover you need. We do not have set costs for the cover, however you can speak to our agents who can find a quick quote for you over the phone.