This final rule clarifies and strengthens requirements for manufacturers/distributors of postage meters to destroy meters at the end of their useful life.
This rule is effective November 1, 2001.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Wayne Wilkerson by fax at (703) 292-4073.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
When a postage meter, or other postage evidencing system, reaches the end of its useful life, it must be destroyed so as to eliminate potential misuse or fraud which could lead to loss of Postal Service revenue. To accomplish this objective, the Postal Service is publishing procedures for the destruction of meters.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 501End List of Subjects
The AmendmentStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set out in this document, the Postal Service is amendingEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 501—AUTHORIZATION TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE POSTAGE METERSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part
Sections 501.18 through 501.29 are redesignated as §§ 501.19 through 501.30 and new § 501.18 is added to read as follows:
(a) Authorized meter manufacturers/distributors may destroy meters, when required, in accordance with methods approved in advance by the manager of Postage Technology Management. The postage meter must be rendered completely inoperable by the destruction process and associated postage-printing dies must be destroyed in accordance with § 501.17. Manufacturers/distributors must submit the proposed destruction method; a schedule listing the meters to be destroyed, by serial number and model; and the proposed time and place of destruction to the manager of Postage Technology Management for approval prior to any meter destruction. Manufacturers/distributors must record and retain the serial numbers of the meters to be destroyed, and provide the list in electronic form in accordance with Postal Service requirements for postage meter accounting and tracking systems. Manufacturers/distributors must give sufficient advance notice of the destruction to allow the manager of Postage Technology Management to schedule observation by Postage Technology Management or its designated representative. The Postal Service representative must ensure that the serial numbers of the meters destroyed are the same as the serial numbers recorded by the manufacturer/distributor on the list of destroyed meters, and that the destruction is performed in accordance with a Postal Service-approved method or process.
(b) These requirements for meter destruction apply to all postage meters, postage evidencing systems, and postal security devices included as a component of a postage evidencing system.
Stanley F. Mires,
Chief Counsel, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 01-27462 Filed 10-31-01; 8:45 am]
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