- 18 January 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Conservative MP Vicky Ford has introduced a Private Members Bill that would ban low level letterboxes being installed in new build properties. This bill has the support from the Communications Workers Union whose membership includes postmen and women.
According to Ford, the bill would prevent postal delivery staff from being bitten by dogs and would also prevent some back injuries.
Speaking in the Commons, the MP for Chelmsford said: “The purpose of the Bill is to improve the health and safety of workers particularly postmen and women, paper boys and girls and other deliverers “I met the Communication Workers Union, they told me the key issue for their members and it’s not Brexit, it is low level letterboxes and dangerous dogs. Now I am not asking home owners to retrospectively change their existing letterboxes or replace their front doors. When it comes to front doors, a lot of people are very fond of their knockers.
“This Bill simply wants to stop developers from building swathes of homes each with a letterbox placed near the ground and I hope that this will be a moment of unity in British politics.”Ms Ford called for all new letterboxes to be installed between 70cm (2ft 3.5ins) and 170cm (5ft 7ins).
Low level letterboxes are in fact barred under European Standards. European Standard (EN13724) requires that letterboxes should be positioned at a suitably accessible height, accessible to postal delivery workers. It hasn’t been brought into UK building regulations. The Communications Workers Union has been campaigning against them for 60 years now, since they first asked the British Standards Agency to demand it in 1958.
Vicky Ford MP’s Low-Level Letter Boxes (Prohibition) Bill was listed for a second reading on Friday March 8.