USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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APWU MVS Craft Initiates National Dispute Re: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Consent Form

August 31, 2020 On August 28, the MVS craft initiated a National Step 4 Dispute contesting the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of work requirements related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Click here to view the dispute initiation letter: APWU Case Number HQTV20200376 Re. Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse…

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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: 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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Is USPS efficiently managing Vehicle Operations in the Houston District?

Project Title: Postal Service Vehicle Driver Overtime-Houston District Start Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2018 The Postal Service has one of the largest transportation and logistics networks in the world, transporting mail and equipment between processing and distribution centers (P&DCs), post offices, or other designated points that receive or dispatch…

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USPS OIG: Thinking Strategically About PVS

It takes a lot of vehicles to move 154 billion pieces of mail each year. And a lot of fuel to power those vehicles. While the Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) fleet is a small part of the entire fleet — about 4,300 vehicles made up of cargo vans, tractors, and smaller tractor-trailers known…

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USPS: Scanners improve transportation fleet visibility

The Postal Service’s deployment of cellular scanners to postal vehicle service (PVS) drivers has improved tracking of the transportation fleet, new data shows. The scanner initiative is part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The PVS scanners are similar SV mobile scanners, except they have GPS capability and operate on cellular networks. More than 5,000…

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USPS: 5,000 mobile cellular scanners deployed to Postal Vehicle Service drivers

USPS recently expanded its Surface Visibility (SV) program by deploying 5,000 mobile cellular scanners to postal vehicle service drivers. These scanners use GPS and geo-fencing to track mail movement — including arrivals and departures — and to simplify drops and pickups at detached mail units, mailer sites and freight houses. The cellular scanners are replacing…

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