USPS also finds itself in need of more truck drivers
A national shortage of truck drivers hits home for the Postal Service. Its inspector general found the agency has been more than 1,000 drivers short since at least 2018. The IG office found USPS drivers are putting in more overtime hours to make up for the shortage. USPS is running a pilot program to train employees who already drive lighter-duty mail truck to drive larger tractor-trailers. More than 9,000 USPS employees work for its Postal Vehicle Service. The agency hires more than 1,700 contracted staff to drive longer highway routes.