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U.S. Postal Service’s Search for Savings Brings Riskier Drivers

June 15, 2023
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Dangerous and unscrupulous tractor-trailer drivers have found a backdoor into the U.S. Postal Service’s trucking network, raising risks on the highway and loosening protections on who has access to the public’s mail.
They include a driver who was in four crashes in six weeks, one who was convicted of crimes ranging from selling drugs to domestic abuse, and dozens who broke safety rules on the road, a Wall Street Journal review of police and court records found.
Mail is different from normal freight. The Constitution protects the privacy of mail in transit, and USPS is responsible for safeguarding it and ensuring timely deliveries. That includes when mail is in the hands of the outside contractors USPS uses to haul it between distribution sites, before it reaches local mail carriers.
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