Inside the life of a Tesco delivery driver

A 48-year-old delivery driver for Tesco has revealed what life is like trying to keep our supermarket stocked in the face of lockdown restrictions and stockpiling. Somerset Live has spoken to Nathan Aylett who drives for major supermarket chains including Tesco and Morrisons. Nathan drives articulated lorries delivering to the supermarkets directly and keeping stores stocked up during the pandemic.

“At present I contract for a major supermarket chain – it’s crazy. I have been working up to 13 hour shifts to complete my tasks,” he said.

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“The volumes are still rather high and deliveries continue to all stores 24/7, though I’ve had no issues obtaining any personal protective equipment. “The stores have a strict no contact procedure which means I hand over the keys once I’ve backed into the bay.

“I then sit in my cab with all air conditioning switched off and await further instructions from the unloading team. “I have a mask and gloves for my PPE that I wear when outside the truck. “This is to protect myself and any others that I come into contact with.

“Hand gel is provided to clean my cab and also wipe down door handles every time I enter the vehicle, as well as the steering wheel and anything else that may need a clean.” Nathan, who has been an HGV driver for more than 10 years, and involved with supermarket deliveries for many, lives with his teenage children and 13-month old dog, Rab.

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His partner is a paramedic in the West Midlands and Nathan says she, too, is very busy. He describes how the government’s response to the outbreak has aided in his important work.

He says: “The government have waived the driving time rules during the crisis, so we are now allowed extra time to complete our journeys without compromising the safety of other road users.

“The roads at night are very quiet now, especially since the lockdown has been put in place by the government.”

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