European Union regulations relating to the speed that delivery vehicles can drive will lead to chaos and slower delivery of mailing campaigns, critics have said.
Royal Mail delivery vehicles containing letters and parcels are being fitted with speed regulators that will cap them at 56mph under health and safety regulations, but this could hit delivery times, particularly to outlying parts of the UK.
One Weston postal worker told local paper the Weston & Somerset Mercury: “Starting later will mean post people will get out of the office [later], which will result in [customers] getting mail even later.”
A Royal Mail spokesman stated: “Some of the vehicles are already fitted with limiters ahead of the new rules coming into force.
“Because of the slower speed they will get to the sorting office later.”
However, they added that Royal Mail would work to get post delivered by 14:00.
The news comes amidst growing unrest at Royal Mail, with threats of strikes that could seriously affect mailing campaigns.