April 14th, the USPS proposed new regulations for the design of curbside mailboxes. The current standard, effective February 8, 2001, prescribes designs that in several respects are no longer ideal for the operational requirements of the Postal Service.
Pursuant to the new rules, new design options would have to accommodate the insertion and removal of a new minimum-sized mail item 7 inches high by 13 inches wide by 16 inches deep. The USPS explains that instituting these mailbox design option would allow for improvement in its capacity for curbside mailboxes and should the mailboxes come into widespread use. The mail box also would need to pass additional tests specified in the proposed regulations.
The changes proposed by the new USPS STD 7B product. Any mailbox manufacturer wishing to seek approval for either or both of the new locked and non-locked design options introduced in Section 6 of the rules. The full text of the proposed changes can be seen at FR Doc. 2015-08342 Filed: 4/13/2015 08:45 am; Publication Date: 4/14/2015.
The public has 60 days to provide comments. Written comments should be mailed to the U.S. Postal Service, Delivery Operations, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, Root 7142, Washington DC 20260-7142.