VMF team keeps USPS vehicles operating safely

Brett Hatfield stopped carrying mail several years ago, but that doesn’t mean he stopped delivering for customers in Binghamton, NY. After putting down his satchel, Hatfield became a mechanic and transferred to the Binghamton Vehicle Maintenance Facility. He now leads a five-person team that helps keep 275 delivery vehicles operating safely. “The team of five…

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Trucks on fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles outlive their lifespan

January 11, 2016 With over 211,000 vehicles, the Postal Service operates the largest civilian fleet in the world. About 190,000 vehicles are used to collect and deliver the mail, and about 140,000 of them are Grumman-built Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), the iconic postal trucks that are a ubiquitous presence on America’s streets and roads. These…

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USPS: VMF managers meet in Norman, OK to discuss strategies

[maxgallery id=”42386″] The Postal Service is making major changes in its delivery fleet to better serve customers, USPS leaders told approximately 250 Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) managers and supervisors at a recent conference. “Our goal is to be world class in fleet management,” said Fleet Management Manager Phil Knoll. “We are making the progress we…

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USPS OIG: Should Rural Mail Carriers Drive Privately Owned Vehicles?

Project Title: New Rural Delivery Vehicle Purchase Start Date: Monday, August 31, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016 The Postal Service operates one of the world’s largest transport and delivery fleets, which includes over 211,000 delivery, transport, and administrative vehicles. It maintains a diverse fleet of delivery vehicles including long life vehicles, delivery vans,…

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USPS takes next step in effort to upgrade vehicles

The Postal Service continues moving forward with plans to upgrade its delivery fleet. Last week, USPS asked select suppliers in the auto industry to submit proposals for next generation delivery vehicle prototypes. This is the latest step in a multi-year effort to replace as many as 180,000 vehicles with newer models. Once the proposals are…

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USPS: Package business continues growing, ‘NBR’ reports (video)

The Postal Service’s fast-growing package business is winning customers of all stripes, “Nightly Business Report” told viewers this week. Residential customers are applauding the organization’s efforts to offer new delivery options, while more business customers are turning to USPS to ship their products, the TV newsmagazine reported. “Packages are our future. They’re just continuing to…

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USPS OIG: The Road to a New Delivery Fleet

What should the postal vehicle of the future look like? The U.S. Postal Service recently put that question to its carriers and vehicle maintenance personnel and is currently reviewing the feedback. It’s an important question because the delivery fleet is aging and the Postal Service needs to quickly replace it.   In fact, our recent audit…

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USPS Chief Sustainability Officer on problems with service’s delivery fleet (audio)

The Postal Service’s financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to…

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