UK low level letterbox ban in offing

Low-level letterboxes are to be banned from being installed in new buildings after the UK government signalled backing for the regulation change.

Conservative MP Vicky Ford has led the campaign until the government Building Regulations Advisory Committee announced plans to review the position on new build properties. The law may be changed as early as 2020.

On hearing about the review Vicky Ford tweeted: “Victory! Absolutely delighted that low level letter boxes will now be in next review of building regs.”

Back complaints lead to 16,800 Royal Mail workers taking time off every year. There are also issues with dog bites and trapped fingers, something that trades unions have long made issue of. The CWU is one of those unions.

European standards state that a letterbox must be no lower than 0.7 metres above the ground or 1.7 metres high as an upper limit. This is likely to be the position the government regulates for.


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