Last Mile Brief 28/06/2023: New Hungarian postal regulation introduces ‘automated means of delivery’ device
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The Hungarian government is further reducing the number of post offices in the country and introducing a new term described as ‘automated means of delivery’. The changes have been implemented through a series of amendments to the Postal Services Act.
One of the most significant changes for Hungarians is the likely reduction in the number of post offices in the country, as the new regulation increases the population threshold for post offices to operate. Previously, there had to be at least one post office or delivery point for every 25,000 inhabitants, but from now on the limit will be 30,000 inhabitants, reports the Hungarian press.
Another sign that the Hungarian government is keen to further downsize the once gigantic state postal service is the fact that the new legal text has removed the section on the organisation of the postal network.
This previously stated that the general postal service provider must ensure that delivery points are located within a maximum distance of five kilometres (as the crow flies) from 95% of the population and within a maximum distance of ten kilometres (as the crow flies) from 99.5% of the population.
Finally, the new amendments to the Postal Act provide for the introduction of a so-called ‘automated means of delivery’ device.
According to the definition given in the text of the law, this is a device that operates without any physical presence and makes it possible to deliver a postal item to be delivered personally or to deliver the item oneself. It is most likely to be a parcel locker, though the wording does not explicitly state this.
No further information on this new service is available at this stage.