• Project Title:
  • Review of Mixed Delivery Collection Vehicles Acquisition
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2018

The existing fleet of two-ton vehicles has aged to or is beyond its planned life cycle, requiring frequent repairs. Regardless of preventive maintenance performed, chassis and component parts break down, resulting in increased vehicle maintenance costs. Many of the important engine and chassis components are obsolete, and parts are no longer available, challenging the automotive technicians to piece together or reuse parts from other vehicles.

Also, the extended in-shop times at the Vehicle Maintenance Facilities (VMFs) has created vehicle shortages. To address these issues, the Postal Service made investment to replace 6,533 vehicles. We are conducting an audit to determine whether the Postal Service’s Mixed Delivery and Collection Vehicles acquisition achieved performance metrics, costs, savings, and anticipated return on investment.

  • Have you experienced a lighter maintenance workload due to the introduction of the new Mixed Delivery & Collection (two-ton) vehicle?
  • Have you experienced any maintenance or other issues with the new vehicles?
  • Are there enough new vehicles for carriers to perform their mail delivery/collection tasks?
  • Do you see any overarching or general concerns or problems related to the new vehicle?

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  • anon

    The new Ford Econoline 2 Ton is so much of an improvement over the last 2 versions. The initial quality was excellent. The only complaint was that the mirror system was too small for that size vehicle (they used the same mirror as is on the LLV). When they were delivered, a few of them came with 1K lift gates on the back. In our particular city, they were really in the way. I understand there was no request for the gates. The Dodge 2500 Promaster has a few problems, but is mostly an improvement over the minivans due to the volume of parcels. First problem is the complete blind spot directly in front of the vehicle (about 20 inches deep). The mirrors are a bit wonky. They are very large but still have to be adjusted outward in order to have enough side coverage. The bottom convex mirrors are of limited use due to their position. A step or outside handle would have helped on the driver's side door. The two rear doors will not lock into place when fully open which is a problem in a windy environment. Tilt steering would have been nice. The initial quality was mediocre. We found handfuls of screws, washers and bolts in them when they were delivered new. Some of the passenger doors have come loose. The seatbelt for the jump seat is way too short for anyone with a large frame or over 200lbs, One last issue - the placement of the hand brake between the driver door and the driver seat is very awkward. It will go up your shorts leg when sliding out. On the good side, everyone loves the heater, A/C and the back up camera.

    Apr 18, 2018
  • anon

    The new 2 ton vehicle is efficient and definitely updated nicely but does not handle as easy as the old one - harder in tight inner city areas but if trained properly can be more effective

    Apr 15, 2018
  • anon

    Mr. Martin, thank you for your comment. We will keep this in mind as we perform this audit.

    Apr 16, 2018

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