Public Consultation on the Postal Services (Amendment) Bill
23 December 2020
Thank you for your feedback. The public consultation on the draft Postal Services (Amendment) Bill is now closed.
2 December 2020
The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) invite the public to provide feedback on the draft Postal Services (Amendment) Bill.
SCOPE OF CONSULTATION
The Postal Services Act (PSA) is the legislative framework that governs the regulation of Singapore’s postal sector. Under the PSA, IMDA, as the appointed Postal Authority, has the powers to grant or modify licences, issue directions, codes of practice and standards of performance, amongst others, for the conveyance of letters weighing 500 grams or less. IMDA’s functions include ensuring that postal services are reasonably accessible to all people in Singapore and are supplied as efficiently and economically as practicable.
MCI/IMDA is reviewing the PSA to address shifts in the market, such as the growth in e-commerce deliveries and ongoing developments in the postal landscape. These changes will ensure that the legislative framework for postal systems and services provided for under the PSA remains relevant and appropriate in the current environment, and continues to meet the social, industrial and commercial needs of Singapore.
MCI/IMDA proposes two key areas of amendments:
a) First, we intend to amend the PSA to facilitate the deployment of the nationwide parcel locker network (Network). These include:
i. Providing the Postal Authority with the powers to own and operate the Network at specified premises, and appoint a public parcel locker network operator to carry out the aforementioned functions.
ii. Requiring building owners and developers of specified premises to provide space or facility and access thereto for the installation and operation of the Network.
iii. Providing the Postal Authority with the powers to enforce and penalise offences relating to public parcel lockers deployed at specified premises.
iv. Expanding the scope of the PSA in relation to the Network.
b) Second, we intend to clarify and enhance IMDA’s regulatory oversight of the postal sector. These include:
i. Requiring the Public Postal Licensee (PPL) to provide wholesale access, and the Postal Authority to regulate such access, for delivery of non-letters to letter boxes.
ii. Extending the obligation of letter box provision and its maintenance to building owners, and empowering the Postal Authority to exempt any person/class of persons from letter box provision.
iii. Enhancing enforcement powers under the PSA.
iv. Excluding messenger services and intra-organisation mailroom service (multiple premises) from the licensing framework.
v. Clarifying that the remittance of money and postage stamps are to be provided only by a designated PPL.
vi. Removing instances where the Postal Authority is required to publish a notice before an approved code of practice or standard of performance can take effect.
PERIOD OF CONSULTATION
The public consultation will run from 2 December to 23 December 2020.
Respondents should organise their submissions as follows:
a) Cover page (including their personal/company particulars and contact information);
b) Table of contents;
c) Summary of major points;
d) Statement of interest;
e) Comments; and
Supporting materials may be enclosed as an annex to the submission.
All submissions should be clearly and concisely written, and should provide a reasoned explanation for any feedback. Where feasible, please identify the specific provision of the draft Postal Services (Amendment) Bill which you are commenting on.
All submissions should reach MCI/IMDA no later than 6pm on 23 December 2020. Late submissions will not be considered. Submissions are to be in soft copy only (in Microsoft Word or PDF format). Please send your submissions to PostalRegulation@mci.gov.sg, with the subject “Public Consultation on the Review of the Postal Services Act [submitter’s name for individuals’ views/organisation name for organisations’ views]”.
MCI/IMDA reserves the right to make public all or parts of any written submission and to disclose the identity of the source. Respondents may request confidential treatment for any part of the submission that the respondent believes to be proprietary, confidential or commercially sensitive. Any such information should be clearly marked and placed in a separate annex. Respondents are also required to substantiate with reasons any request for confidential treatment. If MCI/IMDA grants confidential treatment, it will consider, but will not publicly disclose, the information. If MCI/IMDA rejects the request for confidential treatment, it will return the information to the respondent, and will not consider this information as part of its review. As far as possible, respondents should limit any request for confidential treatment of information submitted. MCI/IMDA will not accept any submission that requests confidential treatment of all, or a substantial part of, the submission.
DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD
The public consultation documents can be downloaded below:
View the press release here.