The unexpected bonuses of the Olympics for van drivers
|   Monday, July 23, 2012
The heavy London traffic mounting in anticipation of the Olympics – promising to bring a hitherto-unseen level of congestion to the city's streets – might just be the summer salvation of man-with-van drivers based out of the UK capital.

In an article for the Telegraph, Ian Cowie begs people to spare a thought for those new homeowners who "perhaps to follow work or their children's education" are moving home into, out of, or across the city in the forthcoming months.


But in the same piece, Cowie suggests that the pay-by-hour nature of most professional movers will cost them dearly in their ongoing struggle against man-with-van services offered across Britain's biggest city. The heavy traffic will lead to serious delays on-the-road – which plays right in to the hands of by-the-hour removals specialists. He suggests that we'll see a drastic rise in the popularity of services such as Anyvan – which connects men-with-vans with clients who need their services – which offer a by-the-job fee in place of the regular hourly wage.

He backs up his findings with strong figures – Anyvan quotes sometimes a fraction of official removals quotes. Any van driver can become a member, and there are no specialist requirements – though the website does operate an in-depth feedback system to keep the system self-patrolling.

Experience with Anyvan has been largely positive – certainly the ‘post a job and watch the bids' system helps to maintain very low prices – but it has received criticism from a number of users expecting more guidance in their acquisition of moving ‘expertise'. While Anyvan follows the eBay auction model – users create a post listing the item to be shipped, days of availability and pick-up/drop-off locations, and wait for a man-with-van to post a bid for the job – the service does not offer cast-iron guarantees like its consumer goods-focussed contemporary.

As is typical in the run-up to the Summer months, used vans are fairly prolific – a local vans sale sites seemed to be inundated with offers from a range of dealers and private traders – and this could prove a good time for any budding vehicular entrepreneur to make a bit of extra cash in lieu of holidaying throughout the warmer period. London is crying out for low-cost removals services at current, and Anyvan is overrun with requests for removals. If you're a man with a van, this could be a very good summer for you.
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