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I have one of the mailboxes that sits on a post at the curb in front of my house. I ask because if anything is blocking our mailbox (someone parks in front of it, trash cans, etc.) so that our mailman can't pull his truck right up next to the box and drop the mail in, he won't deliver it.
While annoying, I've tried to accomodate this guy since I moved in (in August, I'm renting). When I have to park on the street, I try to stay as far from the mailbox as I can, and I don't put trash cans in front of the box on trash day. But, our neighbor puts their trash cans in front of the mailboxes on trash day, and then the guy doesn't deliver mail to either of us.
Now, here's the part that pissed me off. I got a letter in the mail yesterday from our HOA saying that the mailman has been complaining to them about us putting trash cans in front of the boxes! And, the letter is threatening us with fines and termination of delivery service. Aside from the fact that they aren't even our cans, I find it ridiculous that HE is trying to get us in trouble because he's too lazy to get out of the truck, walk two feet, and drop the mail in our box.
So, is there a law that says you have to keep the area in front of your mailbox clear? I realize there may be something in the HOA agreement, and I plan on checking that. But I'm wondering about a federal law or something (I don't think there are any; I've never heard of it). If not, I'm going to go raise hell at the Post Office and hope this guy gets put on a different route.
Sorry that was so long...
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I'm not sure about a law but it's completely reasonable for them to not deliver your mail when you have your box blocked to where they'd have to get out or else pull in and back out. Think how much time they'd waste if they had to do that for everyone.
Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the postmaster may withdraw delivery service.
Doesn't specify (sp) if the "approach" to the mailbox has to be clear enough for a vehicle to approach or on foot.
'95 3.4 T-Top
FLOWMASTER CAT BACK
I'm going to side with the post guy on this one.
It's a PITA to try to drive along and get out every little bit to deliver mail.
Why do you think mailmen that deliver to house box walk the neighborhood and don't drive it.
Brakes, shifter/park, door, walk, deliver, walk, door, shifter/drive, gas
brakes, open box, deliver, close box, gas
Carriers have their routes timed. Those that deliver in areas where they are supposed to be able to drop right into a box from the LLV or that have mostly communal boxes get X amount of time. Those areas that have boxes mostly attached to homes and have to be walked get more time.
Every address in the country is on a route, walking or driving. They get audited/adjusted for times constantly.looking to make them as efficient as possible, i.e., do the most with the least. A certain amount of time is alloted, and if the carrier consistantly takes too much time, they can get a letter of warning. Many are casuals (temps) or tansitional employees. Needless to say, they want regular positions, being late on their route isn't going to help them get there.
Thanks, that's what I was looking for. This is why I asked before I went in there, I wanted to make sure I had a leg to stand on before I griped.
As far as the whole inconvenience thing goes, I understand that it is a PITA to have to get out at every other house. But our neighborhood has serious parking issues, because all of the homes are 3 or 4 bedroom, and none have bigger than a single-car garage. I live with two other roommates, which means that when everyone is home, one car must be in the garage, one in the driveway, and one at the curb out front. Most of the other homes on our block have the same issue, so almost every house on the street has a car parked in front of it.
Add in the trash cans on garbage day, and you see that there aren't many places to put them, especially because the trash people get mad if they are too close to a parked vehicle. The problem is further made worse by the fact that the police will ticket vehicles parked within 5 feet of a driveway entrance, even if it's your own entrance (I kid you not, it almost happened to me, and did happen to my neighbor).
So, what it boils down to is that I have to fit a 16-foot Camaro in front of a 25-foot-wide lot, and keep it more than five feet from both my driveway and my mailbox. Oh, and get the trash cans out there. So I would think that a little understanding from the mailman would be warranted...