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Is it illegal to park in front of a resisdential mailbox?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by CURB APPEAL NC, May 23, 2005.


    CURB APPEAL NC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    One mail guy told me not to, I just shrugged it off saying he was pretty lazy to complain about walking 10 ft. to the box. then today a female starts pointing at my truck with a attitude but keeps going. Im not doing it on purpose, there i nowhere else to park my truck and trailer is to big tu pull into the drive which wouldnt be practicle anyways. just want to know if im in the wrong or if there just lazy and complaining about nothing?
  2. jimslawns

    jimslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Did you get any of those token paper warnings?? Last year I had one pesky mail person who would drive by my truck and throw them in the window. I am so distressed about making the PO person get off of their duff and actually have to walk up to a box :waving:
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    yes, it is illegal to do. you cannot interfere with the government mail system in anyway.

    funny story.
    my cousin puts up modular houses and they were delivering a house one day and they had to remove the neighbors mailbox which was on the construction property so the trucks could back the houses in. the mailman came around and would not get out of the truck to put the mail in the box which was now leaning up against a tree. my cousin offered to walk the mail to the box or even to the neighbors house for him. the mailman said no and told him to drag the mailbox over to his truck and then back to the tree. all this with a big cement footing on the bottom of it!! i would have loved to have seen that.
  4. theturfsurfer

    theturfsurfer LawnSite Member
    from mtka,MN
    Messages: 102

    I don't know whether it is illegal or not but I know it isn't very courteous. I try not to block mailboxes not only for the letter carrier but also for the homeowner. I have been told my the mail person that they have rules regarding blocked mail boxes and some will and some won't deliver. Depends on the person. I understand you had no options and did what I would have done.
  5. C&KLawnCare

    C&KLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    (the mailman said no and told him to drag the mailbox over to his truck and then back to the tree. all this with a big cement footing on the bottom of it!!)

    OMG it would be a shame if they had to actulay work for a living . Bout like the dang power company using binocoulars to read the meters around here. Tough luck . i let the azelias grow over this year. poor whiny ass will have to get out of his truck . I ever get a helper get that lazy down the road his ass will go .... :realmad:
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,822

    I googled it. I dont park in front of people's mail boxes. There is a thing called being considerate of others. Your customer or their neighbors may not recieve their mail:

    Why do cars always have to block my mailboxes? I have talked to the local postmaster, and he said that there is no law prohibiting the cars from blocking any mailbox. He did say the mail carrier can refuse to deliver my mail. I think this is very unfair to anyone who has to pick up their mail at the main post office because of the inconsideration of others. -- No Name
    (You should try appealing to your neighbors if you're not getting your mail delivered because of the way their car, or friend's car, is parked. The postal service has no jurisdiction over where vehicles are parked, and you should call police if a car is parked illegally, such as too close to a driveway. That said, the U.S. Postal Service's Domestic Mail Manual does address the question of blocked mailboxes, said Lynne Moore, manager of customer services in Hawaii.

    ("Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstruction to allow safe access for delivery," she said. "If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the postmaster may withdraw delivery service."

    (In such cases, the carrier involved would make the determination. This would hold whether the carrier is on a "mounted route," in which delivery is made by driving, or by foot.

    (In the case of a mounted route, the carrier "must be able to approach the mailbox in the normal way -- driving up to the mailbox," Moore said. However, even a carrier on foot could refuse to deliver mail if he or she were impeded in some other way. An obstruction could be trash piled around a mailbox, or even an aggressive dog, Moore said.)

  7. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    As stupid as this may seem, its probably policy. The mail carriers job is to put the mail in the mailbox; not to give it to somone to put in the mailbox. He coudl have gotten out of his truck, but I can understand him not giving it to you.
  8. pagefault

    pagefault LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    If everyone parked in fron of mailboxes, it would take forever to deliver the mail. There would also be no place to park your rig. Of course, there would be someone who thought it was ok to make you walk a little too....
  9. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 527

    How much extra time do you think it costs him if he has to get out of the car instead of pulling right up to the box? 20 seconds? Multiply that by the number of deliveries he makes per day and it adds up. Sure, if it was the only time he had to do it all day then it only costs him 20 seconds, but he probably has a zero tolerance policy - good for him. Look how many people here complain about having to pick up toys and other object in their customer's yards and how it slows them down.
  10. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    last week i got a mail pita fired. theres 4 houses on a street being built and 3 old homes. so the street is now full of construction trucks so i have no choice to park in the way of the box. so 3 weeks in a row i had the pass window cracked, so the lazy post driver puts it in my window both times. and pushes the window down so he can put in in all at once with a note to put in the box. so the 3rd time he did it he broke my power window. so i went to the post master and complained and he said he was going to fire him. this was not the first time he has broke a window on a car.

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