• Project Title:
  • Postal Vehicle Services Tire Usage and Failure
  • Start Date:
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • November 2018

The Postal Service uses a Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) fleet of over 3,000 seven-ton to eleven-ton cargo vans and tractors to move mail between processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, local firms, and mailers.

Industry research indicates that billions of dollars are lost in the transportation industry each year due to under- or over-inflated tires, which can increase fuel consumption, tread wear, tire blowouts, and other operational issues.

How effective is the Postal service in monitoring and maintaining PVS tire inflation requirement?

What improvements can the Postal Service make to ensure tires are maintained efficiently and safely?

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  • anon

    A simple tire pressure gauge issued to drivers and made to be part of a pre-trip safety inspection is all that is needed. Oh, and support from management that safety is truly 1st at the USPS! I was told by my supervisor to drive a tractor with a 53' trailer that was preloaded 100% full, to drive it with a tire I thought was flat, after VMF was open I asked the mechanic to check the tire PSI 15lbs! So the next day when I refused to drive the exact same trailer I was given a Pre Disciplinary Interview and sent home. So is safety 1st or Direct Orders???

    Jul 18, 2018
  • anon

    Adding a TST “Truck System Technology” cap system to any vehicle. Each system can support monitoring 4-12 tires. This is an aftermarket add on that’s universal. It works just like the tire pressure monitoring system that’s equipped on most never vehicles. With a cost of about $300 per system. It would be a pricey start up. I know my current station has roughly 35 vehicles. It would be $10.5k just to equip the vehicles at my station. Considering the costs associated with carriers driving on low tires for days, the costs associated with tire replacements and fuel savings I think this could be a viable option to save some money.

    Jul 04, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you for your feedback concerning “Truck System Technology” cap systems. Is there any other technology that the Postal Service can use to ensure tires are maintained efficiently and safely?

    Jul 09, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you all for your feedback. VMFs also maintain PVS fleet vehicles, is there anything about these large mail hauling vehicles tire inflation and maintenance you’d like to share with us?

    Jun 28, 2018
  • anon

    You kidding? See if you can find any Postal Managers who know how to operate a tire gauge because they sure can't manage the Postal Service!! Tires? Fuel? What about a decent vehicle??Somebody needs to check Management, they are way over inflated and bloated!Save money??? Hah, Hah, Hah!!!!!

    Jun 28, 2018
  • anon

    Tires? My VMF didn't even bother to warn me that the Ford Taurus assigned to me could have uncontrolled acceleration problems. I found out the hard way but fortunately, I was sitting at a stoplight when it happened -- the engine just started revving up like crazy on its own. When I took it into the VMF the next day, they said they knew about the problem since it happened to a few other ones as well. Gee, thanks for letting me know.

    Jun 26, 2018
  • anon

    Driver need double check before drive. We should schedule three people 8 hour each 24 hour to prevent above issues occur.

    Jun 26, 2018
  • anon

    No. The LLVs are not maintained properly at all! These are death traps! Mold everywhere, flat tires, crazy smells, trouble starting up, etc.

    Jun 26, 2018

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