Post Office Fiddles While Its Mail Trucks Burn
The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Jason Levine, who heads the Center for Auto Safety, told Trucks.com that the Postal Service should take action – and quickly.
“This is not a place to be pennywise and pound foolish,” Levine said.
His organization would file a petition seeking an investigation with the NHTSA if the LLV were a passenger car. But so far, it has not done so. The Center for Auto Safety acts on complaints filed by consumers with the NHTSA. That’s how it gets data to support its arguments. People who drive for fleets, such as letter carriers, rarely file complaints about their vehicles with the government. They figure they don’t own them, so who cares. Or employees fear complaints will endanger their employment.
“It makes it difficult to gather the statistical database case that we would normally use to put together a defect investigation,” Levine said.
But, Levine said, something must be done.
Letter carriers should start filing complaints with the NHTSA every time there is an LLV fire or safety issue. They can do so here. They should also contact the Center for Auto Safety. That will produce the data need to force federal safety officials and the Postal Service to act.
“Waiting for them to be replaced over the next five to 10 years is not a solution,” Levine said.
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