Delivery Truck Fires a Symptom of Bigger Problems at Postal Service
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The U.S. Postal Service has a problem with its mail trucks. They seem to be bursting into flames, destroying their contents and injuring drivers.
Vice’s Aaron Gordon reports:
Since May 2014, at least 407 LLVs have been damaged or destroyed in fires, or approximately one every five days, according to documents obtained by Motherboard via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The specific reason for the fires is sometimes impossible for investigators to determine because of the damage. But one reason appears to be the vehicles, which were designed to last 24 years, are now well past their service life.
The Post Office was warned about the vehicles fires in 2015:
“USPS vehicles catching fire is becoming more frequent as the fleet ages and is in dire need of replacement,” the newsletter said. “This is a very dangerous situation and union leadership must educate the membership and monitor managements [sic] compliance with vehicles scheduled maintenance requirements.”
Why has this problem been allowed to fester? Because the Post Office has been losing bill, and currently teetering on the edge of insolvency.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Postal Service’s “financial viability continues to be high risk because USPS cannot fund its current level of services and financial obligations from its revenues.”
The GAO noted the USPS “has lost $69 billion over the past 11 fiscal years—including $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2018,” and the service’s unfunded liabilities and debt “have grown to double its annual revenue.”
A Senate bill sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME) would provide the USPS with “up to $25 billion to cover revenue losses or operational expenses resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus.”
The Postal Service requested $75 billion in April, which included $25 billion for modernization projects.