Monday, February 22, 2016

RURAL DELIVERY VAN

Doug's youngest daughter, C, took voluntary redundancy from her job as a motorcycle postie last year.  (Time flies so fast I am not sure how long ago this was). Anyway, since then she has been working for various Rural Delivery drivers doing their runs.  Prior to Christmas she was working 12 hour days, starting at 4 a.m. to sort her mail ready for delivery.

It was suggested that she may like to purchase a run that had come on the market - it is a shorter run and has a lot of potential.  

She had to have a new red van and, only needed a small one.  These are quite hard to come by here and she was lucky to get hold of a Suzuki and in the right colour.  



Doug had a Rural Delivery run many years ago and C. later took the same run on so knows what she is doing.  The van came completely bare with no covering at all on the floor and also needed shelving suitable for holding the mail.  Father to the rescue!

After all the red tape Doug only got the van last weekend and she started the run today.  We have had heavy rain during the week and several other things on.   Anyway, Doug first of all covered the floor in ply (it took 2 sheets),  then carpet and an aluminium strip edging so it doesn't catch when parcels are put in.










The tray will hold small parcels and underneath is tucked a nice folding trolley with room for other parcels.  I hadn't seen one of these trolleys before and will look out for one. 







In the front is shelving to hold the boxes of letters.




and in the centre is a fixture for her to put the cards with details of Rural Delivery Box holders on her run.



He then installed a flashing light.



The Rural Post signs are temporary second hand ones and she should get "the works" shortly.

It was finished just after lunch yesterday - just in time.  We will get an update later as to how her first day on her own run went.


15 comments:

  1. I presume that your rural postal delivery is privatised; what an interesting idea.

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    1. In 1987 New Zealand Post became a State Owned Enterprise and was expected to make a profit. As for the Rural Delivery runs, as far as I know they have always been individually owned but subject to strict conditions from New Zealand Post.

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  2. Dads are the best for things like this. Many congrats to your daughter for taking this on, she will do so well.

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    1. We hear the first day went well. A new start.

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  3. What a great new start for Dougs daughter!
    Father to the rescue -a feel good story with a happy ending!

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    1. Yes, it has come up really well but then he is a great craftsman.

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  4. Very good work done inside that van. Our posties don't have flashing lights. Maybe if they did we'd get our post quicker in the UK. I'll start a campaign .

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    1. The flashing light is mainly so that she is seen as there are a lot of logging trucks on the unsealed roads of her run.

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  5. a good job done.
    Posies are worth their weight in gold for their value to the community on their rounds

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    1. It is a job she is welcome to but one she is used to doing.

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  6. What a handy dad! It's a hard job she's taken on but a very worthwhile one. Definitely worth their weight in gold.

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    1. Hard work is something she is not afraid of - getting her to work less hours is more of a problem.

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  7. I have three daughters and there is nothing that their dad would not do for them, no matter how old they are. Doug is a good father and a good guy.

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  8. How interesting to read about a very different postal system. Good luck to C with her Run. Her Dad has done a great job on her van.

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