Royal Mail get Boxing Day off
Ofcom have ruled that there'll be no Royal Mail delivery from Friday 25th December until Tuesday 29th December, so make sure you send your Christmas cards and presents in good time, or the recipient might go without until the New Year, and then they'll think you're a dreadful human.
The regulator have said that Royal Mail won't have to deliver on Saturday 26th December, Boxing Day, even though it's not officially a bank holiday. And seeing as the following Monday is a Bank Holiday, there'll be no post then either.
Ofcom agreed to the request originally made by Royal Mail, who think that Boxing Day should be permanently designated as an exception to the universal service when it falls on a Saturday.
In a statement, Ofcom said: "Royal Mail was previously granted an exception (by the previous regulator, Postcomm) when Boxing Day fell on Saturday in 2009. Prior to the Postal Services Act 2000, Royal Mail’s policy (at least since the 1980’s) was not to collect and deliver mail when Boxing Day fell on a Saturday."
"Ofcom issued a consultation on 30 July 2015 to seek views from stakeholders on how they may be affected if there are no deliveries and collections when 26 December falls on a Saturday. The consultation closed on 10 September 2015 and we received eleven responses."
"After analysis of these responses we have decided to agree to Royal Mail’s request for an exception in relation to deliveries and collections when 26 December falls on a Saturday. The direction will apply until further notice."
David Jinks MILT Head of Public Relations for courier price comparison site ParcelHero, says: "It’s perhaps a little surprising that the newly privatised Royal Mail has asked for a four-day Christmas break. It was privatised by the Government last year and might have been expected to adopt a more consumer-focussed approach. People sending presents and businesses sending important documents by Royal Mail will need to ensure they send items in good time to avoid a delay of four days, or seek alternatives."
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