All residents of multiple occupation properties should have post delivered to drop-off boxes no later than 2011

01/09/2005

No later than 1 January 2011, everyone who lives in multiple occupation properties will get their post delivered to the entrance of the building in so-called ‘drop-off boxes’ instead of to their own door. This is the effect of the post distribution guidelines that the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has now made a decision on.

No later than 1 January 2011, everyone who lives in multiple occupation properties will get their post delivered to the entrance of the building in so-called ‘drop-off boxes’ instead of to their own door. This is the effect of the post distribution guidelines that the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has now made a decision on.

Increasing numbers of Swedes already get their post delivered to drop-off boxes. Sweden is one of the few countries in the world that has still not completely adopted this system.

People with disability and older people, who cannot collect their post from the entrance, will still have the right to get post delivered to their own door. In those multiple occupation properties that currently have drop-off boxes, almost all daily newspapers are still delivered to the door of the apartment. It is now a task for Posten AB (the Swedish Post Office) to prepare specifications for the design and positioning of drop-off boxes in all multiple occupation properties. Posten is working alongside the property owners on this task and is giving particular consideration to the personal privacy of residents and theft protection for drop-off boxes.

Drop-off boxes have great advantages from the work environment, fire and theft protection perspectives. As postmen will not need to climb long flights of stairs, occupational injuries will reduce and the distribution of post will be made more efficient. Ultimately, this will benefit the consumer, as delivery to drop-off boxes will contribute to post distribution being possible at a reasonable cost.

PTS’s guidelines for drop-off boxes can be found in the General Advice on postal distribution that PTS has adopted. The General Advice was distributed for consultation between 23 May and 20 June.

Approximately 30 statements with views have been received. PTS has summarised the points that have been raised and has also explained the authority’s position on the basis of these in a memorandum. Read the General Advice and Memorandum.

For further information: Sten Selander, Director of the Postal Affairs Department, telephone +46 (0)8-678 55 14.

PTS is working to ensure that everyone in Sweden shall have access to efficient, fairly priced and secure communications services.