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Old 08-23-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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so my neighbor came up to me and told me the mail lady has been giving him written citations about my truck being parked in from of his mail box.

it sits almost 3 feet behind it. with about 3 feet before i block a drive way
now i could understand if i parked in from of the mailboxes and was actually blocking them.
nope she's pissed because she has to get out of the truck to put the mail in the boxes.

this was the 3rd time i was told by a neighbor that she has complained about the truck being parked there. i have talked with here and been outside multiple times while working on the truck. she never says a word to me.

I am honestly thinking about lodging a formal complaint to the post office. Does anyone know any laws and such that could help me out. i will also start going around at night and shoot pics of cars that are doing the same as my truck. also will switch to the time stamp and date stamp the pictures to show how my truck was parked daily.

I am extremely livid right now

i can NOT park my truck anywhere else. the truck doesn't even sit in front of my house because there is nowhere to park. i could nose up the on the blazer, but that would block the mailboxes.


PLEASE HELP

I just measured and the truck is 70 inches from the closest mailbox
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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Sorry about your parking situation. However, the mail delivery person has the right not to make the deliver if they can't they can't access the mailbox without getting out of the car. At the same time, it's not illegal to park in front of the mail box unless if you live in HOA community with such local ordinance code.
Assuming you're not blocking your neighbors mailbox also, your neighbor may just be annoyed of truck being parked near them. Is is a small street? I believe it is a violation if the parked cars are preventing the cars from getting through safely. Unless it's privately owned street, all the street are city owned and public access, homeowners does not own the curb.

Take some pictures and go talk nicely with your local postal office to see if there's any serious issues.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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nope she's pissed because she has to get out of the truck to put the mail in the boxes.

So what is she supposed to do if it's raining? Get drenched because you want to park your truck where you do?
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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What would be the point of taking pics of other trucks that are parked out on the street at night if the mail isn't delivered at night?
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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okay the closest the truck ever got was 7 feet from the box, until i dug it up and moved it down the road with my neighbors consent. she never told me personally anything of any sorts. the night shots were to show how many vehicles in the area park within 7 feet of a mailbox. and i think it goes that my mail will get there no matter what, rain, sleet, hail, snow, ect. she's just being super lazy because you can fit a jeep between where my truck parked and the mailboxes with normal access, and what is a mail truck? a slightly lower jeep. she just complains until she can drive up to the mailbox all hunky dory, hell i wish my job was that easy and could be made easier.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Going back to the forest to be with nature's goodness.
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The mail carrier is 100% correct. It is illegal to block their access from driving up to the mailbox for them to deliver the mail. You need to park somewhere else, no matter how inconvenient you feel it is to do so. Do not forget, you're messing with a federal
employee.
Think of it like a fire hydrant. You can't park anywhere close to those, either.
On the personal level, I don't at all feel that the deliverer should have to get out of their truck, either.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:39 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Maybe your neighbor is using this as a tactful way to tell you they don't want your truck parked in front of their house.

I know I would have a problem if the neighbors parked in front of my house.

Do you not have a driveway you can park the truck in ?

One of our neighbors got a letter from the carrier when a visiting family member kept blocking the access to their mailbox.

If you look at it this way, the carrier has a certain number of routes to complete. If they have to keep getting in and out of the truck this will increase their route time which could also result in folks calling to complain because their mail is late. Believe me we have a couple neighbors that complain when the mail is 30 mins late I can't imagine the issues they would have if it was hours late.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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We had a company that was doing some work for us at our house (landscaping and pavers work) anyway, the guy kept parking his truck in front of our mailbox, so our mail deliver person just didnt deliver the mail at all. She would just drive right past the mailbox and on to the other house.

Making a mail person get out of the truck will greatly slow down the mail delivery time. They should not have to get out of the truck at all.
I think you should move your truck to a different location.

If they have already given 3 written citations, give your neighbor a break. I'm sure it's just as frustrating for him because it's not even his truck thats the issue, and he had to be the bad guy and confront you with it.
The neighbor just wants his mail.

I agree with the others on why taking pictures at night of other vehicles won't work. If it's wrong to park in front of the box for you, then it would also be wrong for other people. If it's wrong, its wrong! So pictures wont help. Like, for example stealing. You steal a pack of gum, get caught... and then go around taking pictures of other people stealing. Does that now make it right because others do it? I don't think so.

They may either be getting citations also...or maybe their vehicle isnt parked by the box when the mail is delivered during the day.

Last edited by daisies76; 09-08-2009 at 08:14 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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Looks like the consensus is clear: (1) the driver should not have to get out to put mail in a box (again, what if it's raining?); and (2) move your truck already.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: MN
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However, the mail delivery person has the right not to make the deliver if they can't they can't access the mailbox without getting out of the car.
Seriously? Is this a written USPS rule or law? USPS carriers still get out of their trucks and walk to put mail in old mailboxes mounted on the front of houses in some towns in the area where I live. They do this if it is pouring rain or if there is 3 feet of fresh snow on the ground.
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