Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part IA POSTAL AUTHORITY

Part II EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGE AND LICENSING, ETC., OF POSTAL SERVICES

Part III POSTAL SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

Part IV CODES OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTIONS

Part IVA CONTROL OVER DESIGNATED POSTAL LICENSEES

Part V OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part VI INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND NATIONAL INTERESTS

Part VII ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND PROCEDURES

Part VIII GENERAL PROVISIONS

THE SCHEDULE Powers of Postal Authority

Legislative History

Comparative Table

PART IV
CODES OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTIONS
Codes of practice, etc.
24.
—(1)  The Postal Authority may, from time to time —
(a)
issue one or more codes of practice or standards of performance;
(b)
approve as a code of practice or standard of performance any document prepared by a person other than the Postal Authority if the Postal Authority considers the document as suitable for this purpose; or
(c)
amend or revoke any code of practice or standard of performance issued under paragraph (a) or approved under paragraph (b),
with respect to all or any of the following:
(i)
the operation of postal systems;
(ii)
the provision of postal services;
(iii)
the activities and conduct of postal licensees in the provision of postal services;
(iv)
competition, abuse of a dominant position in the market for postal systems or postal services and fair market conduct in the provision of postal services in Singapore;
(v)
the acquisitions or consolidations involving a postal licensee and any other person (whether a postal licensee or otherwise);
(vi)
the carrying out of the purposes and provisions of this Act and for the due administration thereof.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(2)  A code of practice may, in particular, specify the duties and obligations of any person in relation to his business operation in so far as it relates to the provision of postal services.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(3)  If any provision in any code of practice or standard of performance is inconsistent with any provision of this Act, such provision, to the extent of the inconsistency —
(a)
shall have effect subject to the provisions of this Act; and
(b)
having regard to the provisions of this Act, shall not have effect.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(4)  Where a code of practice or standard of performance is issued, approved, amended or revoked by the Postal Authority under subsection (1), the Postal Authority shall —
(a)
publish a notice of the issue, approval, amendment or revocation, as the case may be, of the code of practice or standard of performance in such manner as will secure adequate publicity for such issue, approval, amendment or revocation;
(b)
specify in the notice referred to in paragraph (a) the date of issue, approval, amendment or revocation, as the case may be, and the place at and the time during which the code of practice or standard of performance which is the subject of the notice may be inspected; and
(c)
ensure that, so long as the code of practice or standard of performance remains in force, copies of that code or standard, and of all amendments to that code or standard, are available for inspection by members of the public free of charge, and for purchase by members of the public at a reasonable price.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(5)  No code of practice or standard of performance, no amendment to an approved code of practice or standard of performance, and no revocation of any such approved code of practice or standard of performance, shall have any force or effect as an approved code of practice or standard of performance until the notice relating thereto is published in accordance with subsection (4).
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(6)  Any code of practice or standard of performance issued or approved under this section shall not have legislative effect.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(7)  Subject to subsection (8), every postal licensee shall comply with the relevant codes of practice and standards of performance issued or approved under this section.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(8)  The Postal Authority may, either generally or for such time as the Postal Authority may specify, waive the application of any code of practice or standard of performance, or part thereof, issued or approved under this section to any postal licensee.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(9)  In this section, “dominant position” means a dominant position in any market for postal systems or postal services, whether in Singapore or elsewhere.
Directions affecting postal licensee
25.
—(1)  The Postal Authority may give directions to be observed by postal licensees —
(a)
to ensure the reliability of the provision of any postal service to the public;
(b)
to ensure fair and efficient market conduct by postal licensees;
(c)
to ensure the technical compatibility and safety of operation of any postal equipment or postal system;
(d)
to ensure the co-ordination and co-operation, on such terms as the Postal Authority may specify, with any other person in the use or sharing of any installation, plant or system, or part thereof, owned or used by the postal licensee for the provision of any postal service; or
(e)
in the public interest.
(2)  A direction under subsection (1) —
(a)
shall require the postal licensee concerned (according to the circumstances of the case) to do, or not to do, such things as are specified in the direction or are of a description as specified therein;
(b)
shall take effect at such time, being the earliest practicable time, as is determined by or under that direction; and
(c)
may be revoked at any time by the Postal Authority.
(3)  Before giving a direction to any postal licensee under subsection (1), the Postal Authority shall, unless the Postal Authority in respect of any particular direction considers that it is not practicable or desirable, give notice —
(a)
stating that the Postal Authority proposes to make the direction and setting out its effect; and
(b)
specifying the time within which representations or objections to the proposed direction may be made,
and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made.
(4)  [Deleted by Act 34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(5)  Every postal licensee shall comply with every direction of the Postal Authority given to the licensee under this section.
Advisory guidelines
26.
—(1)  The Postal Authority may make advisory guidelines about any aspect of postal services and postal systems.
(1A)  Advisory guidelines, for example, may be made about —
(a)
any matter in respect of which codes of practice and standards of performance may be made under section 24; or
(b)
the use, construction, design or performance of anything relating to postal systems or postal services.
(2)  The Postal Authority must —
(a)
give a copy of each advisory guideline to the Minister; and
(b)
publish each advisory guideline in the way the Postal Authority thinks fit.