TAIPEI, Taiwan - Residents failing to take action to prevent house pets from attacking mail carriers will need to retrieve their own mail, according to new regulations announced yesterday. The Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) detailed changes to the "Regulations Governing the Handling of Mail" in light of the personal safety concerns of mail carriers.
Under the new regulations, residents who do not properly restrain their house pets will have their addresses placed on a no-delivery list. Non-complying residents will be notified of changes to their mail delivery via post.
According to statistics provided by the Chunghwa Post, from January to November 2014, there were 462 reported incidents in which postal employees were injured by canine attacks. In addition, 26 employees were given medical leave, while six were injured while trying to evade attack. A total of 88 incidents have already been tallied this year alone.
In addition to incidents involving dogs injuring mail carriers, efforts made by postal employees to evade attacks have also led to traffic accidents, according to Luo Hui-ru, general secretary of the Chunghwa Post Workers' Union.
Luo also stated that the union hopes to establish a more detailed "difficult delivery" designation and to request residents in these areas to pick up their own mail in order to ensure the safety of mail carriers.