OIG Report: PVS Fuel Cost and Consumption Strategies

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) fuel cost and consumption strategies. The PVS fleet moves mail between U.S. Postal Service processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. The usual travel distance is about a 50-mile radius of their Postal Service location. The PVS fleet currently…

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USPS: ProMaster 2500 popular with carriers, customers

It’s the crack of dawn on a recent Monday, and Erik Gutekunst is gearing up for another round of early morning package deliveries. The city carrier assistant, who is based in St. Charles, IL, is loading a ProMaster 2500 vehicle with packages that will be delivered in nearby Geneva, IL. Gutekunst said the vehicle makes…

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APWU: DSI Dispute Settled with Position Upgrade and Payment

Web News Article #: 119-2017 12/11/2017 – On Nov. 22, the MVS Division settled a longstanding grievance, QOOV-4Q-C 05171465, regarding Driver Safety Instructor (DSI) positions. In the dispute, the Union’s grievance sought to upgrade the DSI one level higher than the Tractor Trailer Operator (TTO). The settlement places the DSI at the same level as…

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Vehicles helping USPS move into future

The Ram ProMaster 2500, a recent addition to the USPS fleet of vehicles, is helping the organization meet its delivery needs. The extended capacity vehicles, introduced in 2016 to replace aging minivans, are more fuel efficient than their predecessors. USPS uses the vehicles for “park and loop,” when carriers park a vehicle and make door-to-door…

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As Postal Service Fleet Ages, Reports of Fires Grow

By Ryan Raiche – November 23, 2017 The postal service mail truck that caught fire earlier this week on Highway 12 in Wayzata was the latest to light up the night sky following an alarming trend around the country. In this case, traffic management cameras captured the flames. The carrier escaped the truck with injury,…

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USPS Using VR to Train Drivers

October 26, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service has begun using a virtual reality-based simulator to train drivers in its Brooklyn, New York, and Tampa, Florida, districts, according to the company that provides the equipment. The USPS, which implemented the program in 2015, has seen a 7% reduction in accidents in New York and has reduced…

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USPS OIG Report: HCR Contracting Practices and Conflicts of Interest

Objective Our objective was to determine if the U.S. Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) contracting practices, including avoidance of conflicts of interest, are in compliance with Postal Service policies and procedures and in line with industry practices. What the OIG Found We found that the Postal Service’s HCR contracting practices were not always in…

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