USPS OIG Report: Accuracy of Surface Visibility Scans and Reporting

Objective The objective of our audit was to evaluate the accuracy of Surface Visibility scans and reporting for Highway Contract Route (HCR) and Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) trips. This audit was requested by the Postal Service’s Surface Logistics group. The U.S. Postal Service’s surface transportation network is managed locally and transports mail and equipment to…

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APWU: DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for CDL Holders

Congress creates a “Clearinghouse” impacting MVS Operators with CDLs By notice dated, February 20, the USPS informed APWU of its compliance with a recent act of Congress which has established a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database providing employers, state licensing agencies, and enforcement officers with real-time information about commercial…

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APWU: USPS Warns Employees of CBD Impacts on Drug Testing

USPS Warns Employees to “Use caution when considering whether to use CBD products” On February 20, the MVS Division received a general interest notice regarding the Department of Transportation’s announcement concerning the use of Cannabidiol products. In pertinent part, the letter states, “DOT requires testing for marijuana and not CBD. However, the use of CBD…

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APWU: First Article Testing Concerns for Mercedes Metris Right Hand Drive Van

In mid-January, MVS APWU representatives attended the First Article Testing of the Mercedes Metris Right Hand Drive van resulting in several concerns. The main issue for the testers was visibility. On January 28, MVS Director Michael O. Foster sent a detailed list of issues that must be addressed by the USPS, per Article 39.3.B. The…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Cost of Mail Transport Equipment

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s efforts to reduce transportation costs of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) network. The MTESC network is a nationwide network of 14 contractor-operated facilities. MTESC facilities process, repair, store, and distribute MTE (containers, sacks, trays, flat tubs, sleeves, and pallets)…

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Vehicle Service Zero Base Reviews

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) Zero Base program was properly implemented and meeting goals. The Postal Service has a PVS fleet and drivers who are career Postal Service employees to move mail between processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. PVS is…

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APWU: Passing of Robert C. Pritchard, Former MVS Director

APWU Web News Article – July 10, 2019 Robert C. Pritchard, former Director of Motor Vehicle Service, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was born May 2, 1949. At the time of his APWU retirement, May 10, 2013, Brother Pritchard was the longest serving craft director in APWU history with 17 years. Robert “Bob”…

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USPS: Autonomous truck pilot program begins

The TuSimple self-driving truck is pictured in these undated handout photos obtained by Reuters May 20, 2019. TuSimple/Handout via REUTERS The Postal Service is participating in an autonomous truck pilot program with TuSimple, a global self-driving truck company. The truck, with a safety engineer and driver on board, will haul USPS trailers and make five…

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