Bosses at Royal Mail have ordered postmen to ditch their famous red cycles as they are no longer suitable. But what do you think?
The company has already begun a move to end almost all two-wheeled deliveries in Shropshire, where only five per remain.
They say workers are handling more parcels than in the past and are now looking to replace 24,000 English-made bicycles with trolleys and vans, claiming bikes cannot carry enough post or travel far enough to be efficient.
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The change means staff who use bikes to cycle to and from work will now have to walk or use cars, and union bosses say it is a case of ‘health and safety gone mad’.
Lee Barron, Midland’s regional secretary for the Communication Workers Union, which represents Royal Mail workers, said: “There isn’t really a health and safety issue. Larger parcels should be delivered in vans not on bikes so I do not understand the logic in this change.”