First Minister & MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Alex Salmond has called on the UK Government, Ofcom, and Royal Mail for assurances over delivery charges.
Following the privatisation of Royal Mail doubts remain over how the universal service provision will be handled. The Aberdeenshire MSP also called for assurances on what steps were being taken by the UK Government and the regulator over alternative couriers. Areas with AB postcodes such as Turriff are facing premiums for business and consumers ordering goods.
The universal service provision protects consumers and businesses by assuring that the postal service provider (Royal Mail) will offer some uniform tariffs. It will also assure delivery services to every part of Scotland with very limited exceptions. It is defined under the 2011 Postal Services Act, which received Royal Assent prior to the privatisation of Royal Mail.
Alex Salmond said
The fact that Aberdeenshire residents and businesses are facing premiums for deliveries without transparency is deeply concerning. The Westminster decision to privatise Royal Mail could have far reaching repercussions for communities and commerce in the north east.
I am calling on the UK Government; the regulator; and Royal Mail for assurances that the universal service provision will be protected. Since the legislation was passed prior to the ridiculous decision to privatise our postal services this presents a risk particularly to areas of the north east already facing onerous delivery charges.
The Scottish Government has taken steps to tackle unfair and unexplained delivery charges; I hope we will see similar steps taken by the UK Government. As much our goods are transported from other areas of the UK it is important that a consensus is reached.
With a Yes vote we can bring Royal Mail back into public ownership guaranteeing the universal service provision in Scotland and protecting our rural communities and businesses.
What are your thoughts on the delivery services and charges to Turriff & surrounding areas? We are 35 miles outside of the oil capital of Europe yet often classed as Highlands & Islands when it comes to deliveries, where in many cases we have to pay an extra premium and wait a day longer.
Photo Credit Scottish Government.