APWU – Peterbilt Cargo Van First Article Testing

The APWU received notice that the Postal Service would be taking an option to purchase 447 additional Peterbilt Cargo Vans, model 548.

The First Article Testing was held on July 19, 2022 in Marshall, MI. The following APWU members participated:  Shana Parker MVS Craft Director, Philadelphia PA; Peggy Wilcox, MVS Craft Director, Phoenix AZ; Tony Brooks, MVS Craft Director, Michigan; and Ken Prinz, Assistant Director, MVS Division.

There appears to have been noticeable safety improvements over the 2019 Peterbilt model 348.  The cab area has more room, spanning nearly 82-incheswide, including a floor space lowered by 4 inches. The 6-inches lower grille crown and increased hood slope provides a 63 percent larger windshield for better visibility. There is also a larger door window and lower beltline. a 2-inch lowered dash shows a digital display of pop-up notifications that communicate warnings and suggested actions. Night-mode produces a subtle color change which improves night vision and reduces window glare.

The model 548 will provide navigation and a backup camera. The automatic light sequence for pre-checks was a big hit with the First Article members.

Pursuant to Article 39.3.B the APWU submitted the following issues on the model 548:

  • The safety chain on the lift gate needs to be larger, to make it easier to fasten.
  • The lift gate handle needs to be larger to allow a hand through.
  • The yellow grab handle for the cab would be a beneficial option so that drivers do not have to use the steering wheel.
  • Handles on the back of the truck should be larger. This would help with safety when raising the lift gate with large equipment.
  • Height clearance decals inside and outside of truck were missing.

We will provide the Postal Service’s response when it becomes available.


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