Bang-Up Job: USPS Blames New Employees for Rising Motor Vehicle Accidents
The increasing use of non-career letter carriers has caused a steady rise in motor vehicle accidents and liability, postal officials said this week. The U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) liability for motor vehicle tort claims (paid to victims of accidents) rose from $48 million in Fiscal Year 2015 to $88 million in FY2016, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) recently pointed out.
In responding to that observation on Thursday, the Postal Service explained: "Since the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Postal Service and several employee unions, which expanded the role of non-career mail delivery drivers, there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs)."