Demand for food courier insurance cover has risen 132% since the start of October, showing how consumers have turned to fast food as hospitality venues have been forced to close doors.
The figures from insurance comparison website Quotezone, which compare the new data to the same period last year, also show a 188% jump in demand for premiums for fast food delivery insurance, covering firms such as Just Eat and Deliveroo.
Overall, courier insurance was up 140% since the start of October. Insurance for car delivery drivers had the highest growth across all sectors, followed by motorcycles and scooters. However, bicycle courier insurance has seen little growth throughout 2020.
Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk, said: “With strict Covid restrictions in many parts of the country forcing bars, restaurants and hotels right across the hospitality sector to either close their doors or adjust to serve take-out food, many consumers have turned to these deliverable meals to replace nights out and support their local communities.
“While some of this increased demand for couriers might be temporary, it does explain why there has been a sharp spike in people taking out courier insurance, creating an army of ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ ready to take the reins in the run up to Christmas. A welcome development in a year where the UK saw a record number of redundancies.”