On the 2nd of August 2011, The Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011 came into effect. This Act provides the final stage in opening the postal services market to competition. A requirement of the third EU Postal Services Directive.
The Act also:
- sets out the regulatory obligations of postal service providers
- guarantees the ongoing provision of a universal postal service
- enables the Minister to establish, maintain and operate a national postcode system
- amends Broadcasting legislation, principally to give legal effect to Budget 2011 decisions regarding payments from TV Licence receipts, including a provision for the funding of TG4.