Why does my postal carrier use such a small personal vehicle?
December 6, 2010 6:48 PM Subscribe
[Government Service Flame Filter] My postal carrier uses their own vehicle, which is a small old Ford Ranger and only puts the mail in the cab, sometimes I don't get mail until 7:30 or 8 p.m., why would they do this, is there some sort of benefit?
posted by dolemite01 to law & government (12 answers total)
I live in a tiny town outside of a large city, I've had the same postal carrier for the past two years, a middle aged woman who drives a small Ford Ranger, I've asked her if she carries any mail in the bed and she said no, unless its a big package and even then most likely not.
My guess is I'm in a 'rural' delivery area and/or USPS requires this postal carriers in this area to provide own vehicle.
Ultimately what I'm asking, are postal carriers paid by the miles they put on their vehicles in addition to a salary? Are they usually hourly +mileage? I don't get why someone would want to go a few blocks, deliver mail, and return back to the post office to refill.
Before I posted this I kinda 'followed' her for about 45 mins to an hour once or twice to see if if my hunch was true; and that's what she does, fills half the cab (she has to sit in the other half), delivers mail and then repeats the process of filling, etc.
Latest I've ever seen her deliver my own mail is 8:30 p.m. (no inclement weather), which is no big deal I'm in no rush to get my bills any sooner but like I stated, curious what benefit this has for the postal carrier if any.