UK legislation relating to the postal industry

12 July 2013

Under the Postal Services Act 2011 (“the Act”) Ofcom’s primary duty in relation to postal services is to carry out its functions in a way that it considers will secure the provision of a universal postal service. The Act implements the Third Postal Directive the objective of which is to create a single market for postal services in the EU, while ensuring a high quality universal service.

The key UK legislation is:

Postal Services Act 2011
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/5/contents

Postal Services Act 2000
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/26/contents

Communications Act 2003
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/21/contents

Office of Communications Act 2002
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/11/contents

Enterprise Act 2002
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/40/contents

Competition Act 1998
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/41/contents

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/17/contents

The Third Postal Directive (Directive 2008/06/EC) can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/post/legislation/index_en.htm#maincontentSec5

An unofficial consolidated version of the Postal Directives can be found here:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31997L0067:en:NOT