Tariffs for universal postal services must comply with the following requirements:
ComReg does not have any statutory power to regulate the prices of universal postal services on an ex ante basis (before the prices are increased) – i.e. the universal postal service provider (currently An Post) alone can increase such prices, without requiring any advance approval from ComReg, and ComReg cannot limit the size of such price increases.
ComReg will continue to monitor An Post’s compliance, on an ex post (after the event) basis. Where ComReg considers that a universal postal service provider is not complying, or has failed to comply, with the tariff requirements, ComReg can give a direction to the universal postal service provider concerned to ensure compliance with the decision.
For further information please see: Information Notice 17/18 “Repeal of price cap control for universal postal services”