Up to 30% of mailboxes to be deleted

The CEO of the Belgian post office, Koen Van Gerven, has announced that Bpost will recycle 25% to 30% of its mailboxes. This will mean that some of us will have to walk a bit further if we want to post a letter. Mr Van Gerven made the announcement that as many as 3 out of 10 of the country’s post boxes are to be scrapped during a question and answers session in front of the Federal Parliament’s Infrastructure Select Committee on Wednesday.

Last week Bpost let it be known that it wanted to reduce the number of poxes boxes, but didn’t say by how many. It is probable that in time separate post boxes will be designated for priority (first class) letters.

There are currently around 13,000 post boxes across Belgium. They are emptied at least once a day on weekdays and some are also emptied on Saturdays as well.

The number has remained the same for the past 10 years. According to Bpost’s CEO Koen Van Gerven “We can easily take away between 25% and 30% of the post boxes and still be quite comfortable”.

“While doing this we won’t just look at the volume of letters that are posted into the post boxes, but also consider accessibility. In rural areas 90% of the population should have a post box within 1.5 kilometres. In urban areas this should be within 950 metres. So more post boxes will disappear in cities than in rural areas.

From 1 January 2019 Bpost will experiment with a two-tariff/two-speed system. Some letters will be delivered the next day, while other will be delivered up to three days later.

“It will be a learning curve”, Mr Van Gerven said. “We also need to learn from abroad. It’s not as if we invented this.

It is probable that Bpost will introduce separate post boxes for priority and none priority letters.

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