The Government's plans to issue charge notices to minor offenders by post are under fire from critics of the Royal Mail.
The Home Secretary Theresa May announced the proposal as part of plans to cut bureaucracy for police forces in England and Wales.
But business analysts have cast doubt on the scheme, saying the Royal Mail just isn't up to the job.
"The Royal Mail claims it can deliver 90% of first class letters the next day and second class post in 3 working day. However, as anyone who has a letter box will confirm, these statistics are aspiration at best and pure bloody fantasy at worst." Marcus Tompkins from Consumer Focus explained.
"I sent my mother a birthday card last week for her 67th four days ago. It was first class and still hasn't arrived and she lives 15 miles away. Therefore to tell minor offenders that they've been charged with a crime by using the Royal Mail will mean that there will be literally hundreds of people arrested for not answering a summons."
However, a Government spokesman denied the scheme had fundamental flaws.
"We are confident the Royal Mail will be able to cope with the extra workload. And it'll be in their interest to manage the increase in items, because anyone found stuffing them into a drain or storing them in a garage, will find themselves getting a letter of their own. Assuming one of their colleagues is sufficiently literate to deliver the charge to the correct address."