An Amazon delivery driver who was involved in a scary car accident says the pressure of having to deliver the many packages is partly responsible. The scary accident happened last week, when he flipped his van as he was driving on an icy road.
The accident left serious damage on the van but the driver was not injured. Pictures of the accident show the van flipped on its roof. The accident happened as he was trying to complete deliveries in North Wales.
The driver complains that the demands force the drivers to work longer to complete the deliveries. He says drivers are expected to deliver up to 200 packages a day. In December, an investigation revealed that drivers have little time for food or bathroom breaks. It was mentioned that drivers urinate in plastic bottles they keep in their vans. The reports also mentioned that drivers are being required to make up to 200 deliveries a day.
The driver spoke to ECHO and said that he wasn’t speeding at the time of the accident. He did admit that he was going faster than the weather conditions would allow because he had a lot of packages to deliver. He added that it’s challenging and that some of the drivers are stressed, which means they must cut corners.
He says the deliveries often taken 12 hours to complete. His work day often sees 150 stops and around 200 package deliveries. The driver, who is with a courier company working for Amazon, says drivers get £110 ($153) a day. The online retailer works with many courier companies across the world to complete its deliveries. The drivers work with the Amazon app and follow a delivery route set by the company.
The driver told the news site that on the day of the accident, he had less packages to deliver. But he partly blames the weather and pressure to deliver for the accident. He says that it’s very rare to get home before seven in the evening. The drivers arrive to the center and 7:45 a.m. and begin delivering packages from there.
According to recent reports, the online retailer ships an average of 608 million packages each year. This means that Amazon ships more than 1.6 million packages every day. In 2016, the online retailer was selling over 600 items per second. During Prime Day and Cyber Monday, the company sells millions of items.