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The Postal Administration Rules 2013

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166.—(1) This Rule applies for the purposes of sections 246B (use of websites) of the 1986 Act.

(2) A postal administrator required to give, deliver or send a document to any person may (other than in a case where personal service is required) satisfy that requirement by sending that person a notice—

(a)stating that the document is available for viewing and downloading on a website;

(b)specifying the address of that website together with any password necessary to view and download the document from that site; and

(c)containing a statement that the person to whom the notice is given, delivered or sent may request a hard copy of the document and specifying a telephone number, e-mail address and postal address which may be used to request a hard copy.

(3) Where a notice to which this Rule applies is sent, the document to which it relates must—

(a)be available on the website for a period of not less than 3 months after the date on which the notice is sent; and

(b)must be in such a format as to enable it to be downloaded from the website within a reasonable time of an electronic request being made for it to be downloaded.

(4) Where a hard copy of the document is requested it must be sent within 5 business days of the receipt of the request by the postal administrator.

(5) A postal administrator must not require a person making a request under paragraph (4) of this Rule to pay a fee for the supply of the document.

(6) Where a document is given, delivered or sent to a person by means of a website in accordance with this Rule, it is deemed to have been delivered—

(a)when the document was first made available on the website, or

(b)if later, when the notice under paragraph (2) of this Rule was delivered to that person.

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