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November 8, 2017 0Courier

Here in Ireland we tend to 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 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.

Fog
• 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.

Rain
• 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.

Floods
• 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.


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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


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***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.


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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 cramped 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

 


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Picture the scene. You’re on your way to an important meeting when you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. You’ve forgotten the laptop. Or, as you’re about to check in at the airport for a bit of pre-summer sun, you realise that whilst you know exactly where your passport is, you don’t have it. Sound familiar? If so, don’t worry.  Relay Express can come to your rescue. We have expert knowledge of Dublin city and county. We have drivers on hand to provide a fast and reliable delivery and collection service. We can solve your problem.

So before you accept that you weren’t meant to go on that spring break for some sunshine, or that you are just going to have to wing that important presentation, give us a call on 01 450 5844 and let us take your headache away.  We accept all major credit cards and will be only too delighted to solve your problem for. And it’s not just laptops, keys and passports we cater for, if you need to get something from A to B (and even onto C!) we are the people to call.

So even if you forget the things you need, remember Relay Express. You Forget It, We Get It! Call us on 01 450 5844


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Relay Express are Dublin’s premier on-demand couriers. Why’s that, I hear you ask? Well, a reason which is frequently given is that unlike many of our competitors, we don’t charge fuel surcharges. None whatsoever. So what are fuel surcharges? Here’s a little more info…

Fuel surcharges are pesky little things which can appear as if by magic and increase what you thought you were paying for courier services. Many courier companies add fuel surcharges to their invoice. This is an additional charge on top of whatever the agreed courier rate is. You will be able to see this charge (usually as a percentage) on your invoice. This means that you may end up paying more than you expected and it also makes it more difficult to budget as the initial price is different from the actual price you are charged.

This can be frustrating for customers. So we, the lovely people at Relay Express, decided to take this frustration out of the process and make courier usage as simple as possible. We are fast, reliable and cost effective. We are committed to giving our customers excellent value for money and it is our view that adding fuel charges may not reflect that commitment. So we don’t do it. Instead, we price our services in a highly transparent manner so that you will always know what the jobs you have requested will cost you. The fact that there are no hidden charges with our service is another reason that we are Dublin’s premier on-demand couriers (and we even offer free waiting times of up to 15 minutes but that’s for another article!)

If you would like to get a price from us, or book a courier, give our friendly team a call on 01 450 5844 or click here to enquire about pricing and obtain a quote.


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Commuters into Ireland’s capital city are facing serious disruption as Dublin Bus services are cancelled due to a 48-hour strike over pay.

Over 400,000 passengers each day will have to make alternative travel arrangements, while city retailers have warned of the economic impact on businesses.

The first of a series of two-day Dublin Bus strikes officially began at midnight, although services were wound down from 9pm as the fleet returned to the company’s depots around the city.

The dispute arose after Dublin Bus unions rejected a Labour Court recommendation of a general 8.25% pay award for all its 3,364 employees over three years (or 2.75% per year) without productivity changes.

Dublin Bus has said it accepts the recommendation, which it said will add €30 million to payroll costs over that period.

However, the company calculates that the 15% sought by the unions would cost at least €50 million, which it says it simply cannot afford.

Unions want the Government to review the 24% cut in the State subvention, arguing an increase could go towards funding their pay claim.

But Minister for Transport Shane Ross is adamant that the Government will not fork out additional funds to resolve this row.

With the parties remaining so far apart, there is no immediate prospect of an intervention to break the deadlock. Two further strikes are are planned for later this month.

Meanwhile, the Luas Green Line is currently running limited services between St Stephen’s Green and Carrickmines only due to a technical fault. The Red Line is operating as normal.

Gardaí have also warned that bus lanes will operate as normal during the industrial action.

With all of the disruption in the city, let us take away your travel headache. If you need something delivering, give us a call on 01 450 5844 and we will be happy to help.


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Legendary Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane will bid farewell to Ireland fans at the Aviva Stadium this evening as he makes his final appearance in a green shirt against Oman.

The Tallaght goalscorer’s 146th cap will be his final one in an international career which started in March 1998 and saw him go on to score 67 goals, a tally which he will be hoping to add to this evening.

The Dubliner appeared in three major international tournaments (2002 World Cup, and Euro 2012 and 2016) and scored in 15 consecutive years to place him 15th on the list of all-time international goalscorers. Keane announced his retirement last week and went on to state:

“It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over eighteen years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998.  I have enjoyed it all.

“It has also been a great honour, for both me and my family, to have been given the opportunity to captain my country for over ten years.

“As a young boy growing up in Dublin playing football on the street I could never have imagined the path my life would take – it has exceeded my wildest expectations.

“I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play for and captain my country – it was my ultimate goal all those years ago and it has been, by far, my greatest achievement.”

His retirement marks the end of an era for Irish football with stalwarts such as Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane all hanging up their international boots in recent times.

Ireland face Oman in Robbie Keane’s last international appearance at the Aviva Stadium tonight. Kick-off is 7:45pm. If you have tickets for the match but need them couriering across the city to you, we can help! Call us on 01 450 5844 and make sure that you don’t miss this emotional evening for this Irish legend.


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