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November 30, 2017 0Courier

During the winter months we can get a range of weather conditions (sometimes all on the same day!) and so the Relay Express team thought it would be a good idea to highlight a few driving tips ofr this time of year, courtesy of the Road Safety Authority.

Weather can be unpredictable and bad weather can strike suddenly so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. If your journey is absolutely necessary, make sure you are prepared for the conditions. Check the local and national weather forecasts for travel information.

It may be warm and comfortable in your vehicle, but outside hail, snow, fog and heavy rain all make roads dangerous. It is important to change the way you drive to fit the weather.

Snow or Ice
• Drive slowly, allowing extra time and space for braking. It can take up to ten times longer to stop when roads are icy rather than dry.
• Hail, heavy snow and rain reduce visibility so use dipped headlights and reduce your speed.
• Use the highest gear that you can (for example, second gear rather than first). This will help avoid wheel spin that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
• Avoid sudden braking, sharp turns, or sudden increases in speed.
• Black ice is an almost invisible threat. Be aware when driving round sheltered bends or corners which are shaded from the sun, as this is where black ice is most likely to be. Do not brake or make any sudden steering movements but do ease off the accelerator and proceed slowly and smoothly.
• Never get too close to gritting lorries or snowploughs.
• Please do not leave your car unattended with the engine running.

• Drive slowly and use dipped headlights so that other vehicles can see you.
• Use fog lights if visibility is seriously reduced, but switch them off when visibility improves.
• Don’t drive too close behind another vehicle to follow their rear lights – this gives you a false sense of security.
• Avoid sudden increases in speed. Fog is often patchy and you can suddenly find yourself back in thick fog.

• It can take up to twice as long to stop when roads are wet rather than dry. Keep well back from the vehicle in front of you. This will allow you to see better and give you more time to think and slow down.
• Your tyres may lose their grip on a road that is covered with water and your vehicle will ‘aquaplane’. If this happens, take your foot off the accelerator and slow down. Do not put your foot hard on the brake.
• Spray can make it hard to see. Slow down and keep your distance from other vehicles.

• Don’t try to cross floods if the water seems too deep. If water gets into the engine it may cause it to fail, which is an extremely costly problem to fix. If driving through a flood is unavoidable, drive slowly in first gear to avoid stalling the engine. Keep the engine revs high and slip the clutch if necessary.
• Avoid the deepest water, which is usually near the kerb.
• After you have gone through a flood, test your brakes. Only drive on at your usual speed if the brakes are fine.

If you get into trouble

• Do not use a mobile phone if you are driving. Stop somewhere safe, or ask a person with you to make the call.
• On a motorway you should use the emergency telephones by the side of the road. If you use a mobile phone, check where you are by looking at the markers on the posts at the side of the road.
• Stay with your vehicle until help comes. If you leave your vehicle, it might get in the way of snow ploughs, ambulances and other emergency services.
• If you have to leave your vehicle to get help make sure other drivers can see you and tell other people where you are going.

We hope you find these winter driving tips helpful. Don’t forget, we still deliver whatever the weather so why not stay indoors and get us to do your delivery for you? Dublin, Ireland or anywhere in the world, we can get it from A to B.


Does your business require couriers with Safe Pass accreditation? If so, look no further than Relay Express.

Our extensive customer base means that we have a wide range of requirements and multiple collection and delivery formats.

In order to provide the best service possible to all customers, we have drivers with Safe Pass registration and our van drivers also have flashing beacons and hard hats.

Safe Pass is a safety awareness training programme for construction workers to enable them to work on construction sites without being a risk to themselves or others. Employers are required by law to ensure that employees on construction sites carry Safe Pass cards. As a result, employers must ensure that all employees are properly trained.

The Safe Pass programme is operated and managed by SOLAS and aims to:

  • Raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry
  • Ensure that all construction site workers undergo basic health and safety awareness training with the view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards
  • Maintain a register of construction site and local authority workers who have received such health and safety training
  • Provide all Safe Pass participants with a Safe Pass registration card that will indicate that the holders have attended a formal course in health and safety awareness

If you would like to find out more about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at 01 450 5844 or click here


***Update 11.54am – For safety reasons Relay Express will be closed for the rest of today, Monday 16th October. For our emergency service please contact 087 981 2317***

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia today hits Ireland with violent, damaging gusts. This has led Met Éireann to issue a status red weather warning, which advises that ‘action is taken’ to protect against the possible effects of severe weather.

For reasons of safety, no pushbikes or motorbikes will be operational on Monday 16th October. Our larger vehicles are currently operating a full service but we would ask all customers to contact us on 01 450 5844 when making a booking and we will advise accordingly.

We will always endeavour to provide our customers with the very best service possible, but the safety of our drivers is paramount.

For customers using our overnight service, please be advised that whilst this service is still fully operational, the impact of Ex-Hurricane Ophelia may lead to delays on some aspects of this service.

Stay safe everyone. 

We will be updating our website and social media channels throughout the day so please check back for updates.

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On a regular basis, our team at Relay Express Headquarters receives a call from a stressed out employee who needs something delivering urgently and their usual supplier has not been able to complete the request. They are always relieved to know that we can help, even if they don’t have an account with us.

We solve their current problem and then happily wave them off into the sunset (although they often end up opening an account with us anyway, as there is no commitment and they like our service!)

Should you find that your current provider is unable to meet one of your requirements for whatever reason, we are always happy to help. You can call us on 01 450 5844.

Our fleet comprises many types of vehicles from push bikes to tail lifts. We look after a wide range of courier requirements including sameday, national and international. We genuinely offer a fast and reliable service at competitive prices.

So if you’re thinking of a back-up plan, think Relay Express.


The concept of being big enough to provide top levels of service, but small enough to care about every customer has become well-used (and perhaps over-used) in recent years as companies try to find competitive advantage in their often over-filled industry space.

However, this is one expression that is repeated back to us by customers on a regular basis. We offer a fast, efficient and cost-effective sameday delivery service using a variety of transport methods from bicycle up to tail-lift. Whether it is an important envelope or a number of boxes, we can organise collection and delivery from just about anywhere. If you or the other collection/delivery point are stuck in Dublin with no forklift facilities, we can look after that too!

Our friendly team include safe pass-registered drivers and van drivers with beacons and hard hats to ensure that we meet the requirements of our customers, as well as keeping our drivers safe. We work with a lot of diverse customers, all with varying needs and we make it our business to help you to do yours.

With such a large and wide-ranging fleet, it may seem that we are too big an organisation to truly care about your business but this could not be further from the truth. We go the extra mile and have invested in systems, technology and people flexible enough to meet the varied requirements of almost any customer of any size. Our speciality is sameday deliveries but we also look after a significant amount of overnight nationwide and international delivery options for our customers.

Our clients include small, local businesses. They also include huge multinational organisations. We aim to provide the best service we can to each and every customer. We would love to do the same for your business.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Relay Express customer, please call us on 01 450 5844 or click here



Relay Express are delighted to launch our new-look website, offering users a better experience than ever before. Whether you are viewing our site on a PC, tablet or mobile phone, we have aimed to make your visit as user friendly as possible. Our customers can still book our services online and if you are viewing from a mobile, you can click on the phone icon to call us directly. If you are a new customer thinking of using us (or a customer with a query), you can request a quote, give us a call or even live chat with us and we will answer any questions you may have.

Our new site aims to maintain our position as Dublin’s premier on-demand courier company. We were the first to bring you online booking and tracking over 10 years ago and we are constantly improving our systems to give our customers the very best service we can.

We love our new site and we hope you do too. Please let us know your thoughts, we are always looking for feedback. You can contact us here

Happy browsing!


Here in the Relay Express Head Office we are all talking about Euro 2016. The sweepstake is done (I got Iceland), Martin O’Neill has extended his contract and the squad today depart for France in preparation for Monday night’s opening match against Sweden at the Stade de France.

For the few of you that don’t know, the tournament kicks off on Friday when host nation France entertain Romania and this is followed by a football feast on Saturday as Albania take on Switzerland, Wales play Slovakia and England face Russia. If you are not a footy lover, you wont be pleased to hear that Sunday and Monday also see 3 fixtures per day, with Northern Ireland playing on Sunday before Republic of Ireland’s opener on Monday.

But don’t worry, euro-fever may have gripped us here in the office but out on the road our couriers will be working tirelessly as ever to ensure on-time deliveries for all of our clients (and they will even do it with a smile whatever the scoreline may be!)

Who will you be supporting in the Euros? Let us know! You can comment below, tweet us (@RelayExpressLtd), or comment on our Facebook page  (/relayexpressltd). In the meantime, come on Iceland. I mean Ireland.

If you need a courier during the Euros, give us a shout on 01 450 5844 and we will look after you.




May and June will see yet more travel chaos as LUAS drivers plan more strike action in their ongoing feud with LUAS operator Transdev. Here are the planned strike dates for the remainder of May and during June:

– Friday 20th May 2016

– Thursday 26th May 2016 – 4 hour stoppage (3-7pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 27th May 2016 – *update – strike cancelled

– Thursday 2nd June – 4 hour stoppage (3-7pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 3rd June – 4 hour stoppage (9am-1pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Tuesday 7th June – 4 hour stoppage (9am-1pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Wednesday 8th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Thursday 9th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 10th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

Transdev have warned users that due to the requirement to wind down the service for a 4 hour stoppage and then ramp up the service to full capacity afterwards a 4 hour stoppage impacts Luas service for 1.5 hours before and 1.5 hours after the 4 hour stoppage.

Relay Express may not be able to resolve the Luas-Transdev row but we can help you get what you need from A to B during the travel chaos. Our helpful staff are always on hand to take your booking and our equally helpful couriers will ensure that your parcel is collected and delivered promptly. Whether it is Dublin city or county delivery, a nationwide service or something even farther afield, Relay Express will get it there.

Call us now on 01 450 5844 or click here to get a quote.



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