• anon

    I have been a Rural Carrier for 27 years. 15 years I drove my POV (Personally Owned Vehicle) and 20 of those years were as a As Needed Driver Safety Instructor. In my area management did a horrible job deploying over 300 Mercedes Metris RHD vans. Headquarters chose and created a list of Rural Routes for these vehicles to be assigned. Drivers Training created a spreadsheet of the chosen routes, pulled training records of all assigned carries and Operations instructed us NOT to deviate from the list. As we trained the Regular Rural Carrier assigned the Metris, the VMF was notified to deploy the vehicles to the assigned Rural Route. Managers/Postmasters were given the chance for at least two RCA'S that knew these routes to be trained to help with scheduling issues. Our VMF got behind on deploying vehicles after about 4-5 weeks. RHD Mercedes Metris vans began to pile up in the Processing Facility parking lot. Soon Drivers Training started to receive phone calls from Post Offices on our deployment list and not on our list. The VMF took it upon themselves to deploy vehicles. Now Post Offices in this area do not have the correct number of vehicles. Some Rural Routes who were supposed to get vehicles have not received them and vice-versa. Post Masters and Managers have also not assigned some of these vehicles to any routes and are using them as spares for Rural and City Routes. So EMA is still being paid out, some offices who were anticipating getting vehicles don't have them. No one seems to care. So, in reading the article I do not agree the Postal Service's strategy to permanently assign GOVs to EMA routes was generally effective for this district. The Metris is a fair weather vehicle and with more RHD vehicles assigned to Rural Routes it most definitely will help with RCA's retention rates.

    Feb 15, 2022
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