Postal Services Act, 1994
- Commenced on 3 June 1994
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Postal Services Act.
Part II – The Postal Services Corporation
3. Establishment of Corporation
4. Functions of Corporation
Part III – Postage and postal services
5. Operations of postal services
6. Postal charges
7. Articles posted by mistakeIf any article is posted by mistake and liable to postage, and evidence is adduced to the satisfaction of any authorised officer that the article has been posted by mistake, an authorised officer may open and return that article to the sender without charge:Provided that if the article contains any letter or manuscript liable to postage, the authorised officer shall retain it until the postage has been paid.
8. Underpaid and unpaid postage
9. Postal charges remaining unpaid
10. Issue and withdrawal of postage stamps
11. Opening and returning of postal articlesExcept as otherwise provided by this Act, no person other than an authorised officer shall, after any postal article has been delivered to a post office, open the postal article or return it to any person.
12. Prohibited articles
13. Precedence of postal articlesWhere the dispatch or delivery of any letters from a post office would be delayed by the dispatch or delivery at the same time of another class or other classes of postal article, any or any class of them may, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, be retained in the post office for dispatch or delivery at a later time or date.
14. Detention for customs, excise, duty or tax
15. Postal articles relating to an offence
16. Insufficiently stamped postal articlesWhere a postal article received by post from outside Zambia, or posted within Zambia—
17. Registration of postal articles
18. Parcel postThe Corporation may establish a parcel post and in that respect may from time to time determine—
19. Cash-on-delivery system
20. List of mail bagsEvery mail bag conveyed shall be entered on such list or way-bill as may be prescribed.
21. Agents of the CorporationThe Corporation may make and enter into contracts and arrangements for the conveyance of postal articles or mail bags through or by means of any shipping line, vessel, railway or vehicle or other carrier whatsoever.
Part IV – Money orders etc.
22. Money orders, postal orders, warrants and other orders
23. Such orders, etc., to be security
24. Refusal to issue or pay such orders, etc.
Part V – Telegram services
25. Telegram serviceThe Corporation shall, on such terms and conditions as it may determine, operate and provide a telegram service.
26. Precedence of telegramsTelegrams shall, as far as practicable, be transmitted in the order in which they are received, but telegrams relating to the safety of human life, the preservation of peace in Zambia or in any other country, the arrest of criminals, the discovery or the prevention of crime or any other matter related to the administration of justice and, when so required, telegrams sent by or on behalf of the Government, shall have precedence over all other telegrams:Provided—
27. Unlawful telegram servicesAny person other than the Corporation who operates a telegram service shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both, for every telegram in respect of which the offence is committed.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
Part VI – Miscellaneous
28. Forgery, possession and misuse of stamps and money orders
29. Offences relating to postage stamps and post marks
30. Fraudulent use of official marksAny postal officer who, with intent to defraud, puts any incorrect official mark on a postal article shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding four thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
31. General offences relating to mailA person authorised to receive or in any way handle mail who—
32. False entries relating to mailAny postal officer carrying mail and required to keep any record relating to that mail who makes any false entry in that record, knowing the entry to be false, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
33. Offences relating to postal articlesAny person who—
34. Theft of or interference with mailAny person who—
35. Transmission of dangerous substances and endangerment of post office or telegraph officeAny person who puts into or places against any post office or telegraph office, or any letter box or other receptacle for the receipt of mail, any fire, match or light, or any explosive, dangerous, noxious or harmful substance or fluids, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.
36. Tampering with mailAny person who unlawfully opens or tampers with or conceals any postal article shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.
37. Unauthorised notices as to reception of letters, etc.Any person who, without the authority of the Corporation, places or maintains in or on any building, wall, box, pillar or other place any words, letters or symbols which signify, or imply, or are likely to be taken to signify or imply, that any house or place is a post office or a place where things in the exclusive privilege of the Corporation may be done shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
38. Trespass upon, and disorderly behaviour in, post office or telegraph office
39. Offences relating to money orders, postal orders, etc.Any person who, with intent to defraud—
40. Theft, forgery, etc. of telegramsAny person who—
41. Impersonation of officersAny person who, with intent to defraud, by words or conduct pretends to be a postal officer shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
42. False declarationsAny person who, in any declaration required to be made under this Act, makes any false statement shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
43. EvidenceIn any legal proceedings for the recovery of any sum payable under this Act in respect of a postal article—
44. Immunity to officersNo action or other proceedings shall lie or be instituted against the Postmaster-General or any postal officer for or in respect of any act or thing done or omitted to be done in good faith in the exercise or purported exercise of his functions under this Act.
45. Revenue for money orders, postal orders, etc.The principal moneys received in respect of money orders and postal orders, or any other warrant or order for remitting money by post, shall not form part of the postal revenue unless, in the case of money orders and postal orders, their period of currency has lapsed.
46. Delivery of postal articles to public prosecutors
48. Amendment of Act No. 18 of 1987 and savings
History of this document
31 December 1996 this version
03 June 1994
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