• anon

    I am in the Southeast. My office is small, and we have a great PM and Clerks and Carriers. I am an auxillary carrier and my route and another auxillary route at our RMPO received the first two vans. Our routes are only about 40 miles. At first we were perplexed, then a seasoned regular carrier explained that the auxie will finish early then the vans can be used by package runners or carriers who break down and such. That has turned out to be true and beneficial. For example, when I finish early I can assist others and we recently had an accident 30 minutes from our office, I was able to leave my home which is close to the PO, grab the van and scanner go to the accident site, take the mail and such from the carrier so she and our PM could settle everything with the the Highway Patrol. The next three vans we received was on routes with 110 to 120 or so miles. That makes sense to the USPS organization. The carriers of those routes were very impressed by the vans but was worried about the Cage being a nuisance for not being able to put alot of packages up front. They also were a bit worried about loosing the EMA of course. Two of these carriers were single parents without spouses to come to their aid on the route in case of breakdowns. This was a hugh plus to them. Of course they saved on over all repairs, tires,oil changes, breaks, bogging down, many normal things we POV drivers deal with. One of them immediate results even in the South was we began bogging down and having to get a tow truck. In our POV we have tires with better treads and some have four wheel drive. I got bogged down in a subdivision turning around in the yard that had NO standing water. They have since replaced the tires with better ones and it has helped alot. Another issue has been pep[;e who dont tend to take good care of their POV also dont take good care of their Metris. Maybe in the selection process give the Postmasters more input than just looking at mileage because there are bad roads close by the PO and good roads farther away? Everyone in our office loves the vans. The people who dont have on wants one. I really dont see in the long run how the PO will benifit from providing a vehicle. In this instance as in so so many in the Postal world, the USPS FAILS miserably at getting the facts from the"people who are actually delivering the mail". This is why i am writing so much in detail because you asked me, a carrier. Whats gonna happen when carriers say ok once we are given a Government vehicle, you must always provide us one? People are selling their POV's. Not me i dont trust for a minute you will continue to provide them and here you are asking what we think, so clearly you are already thinking it will not last. My two cents? As we say in the south? The weather in the north does not sit well with these vans with snow and ice and no four wheel drive. Also in many places the long wheel base when carriers are not trying to care for them will not last on dirt pot holed roads gravel and mud and deep ditches and small narrow cowpath roads and such. However they are better suited to areas with decent warm tempers mosto of the year. So, let the office management give opinions about who should have them, we have one carrier who beats the hell out of her vehicle so why hand her a new Mercedes? Let the people "in the trentches help decide who gets the vans" Ask the people in the trenches...... thank you for your time........

    Feb 07, 2022
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