32 Vehicle Operations

Contractors must consider the following procedures when operating vehicles in the yard:

  1. Observe posted speed limits, usually 5 miles per hour (mph).
  2. Follow one-way directional signs in traffic lanes.
  3. Watch for pedestrian and other vehicular traffic.
  4. Park only in designated locations.
  5. Observe all stop and yield signs.
  6. Confirm the dock/door assignment before parking or removing a trailer/vehicle.
  7. Check that the trailer/vehicle number of the trailer/vehicle that you have been instructed to move is the actual trailer/vehicle at the dock/door assigned. If the trailer/vehicle number is not correct, contact the dispatcher.
  8. If available, get help when backing up to the dock/door.
  9. Do not allow any unauthorized passengers. Unauthorized passengers are prohibited.
  10. Set hand and parking brakes when the vehicle is parked.
  11. Observe other safety regulations as directed by the AO (for example, some facilities require the use of wheel chocks).
  12. Wheels must be chocked at docks/doors.
  13. Shut off the tractor/vehicle engine when parked.
  14. Place support bars under both sides of 26- to 28-foot pups before disconnecting the tractor.
  15. Place a tractor under 26- to 28-foot pups before removing the support bar or jack-stands. Do not go underneath a trailer, under any circumstance, while the trailer is supported only on jack-stands or is resting on its landing gear.
  16. Dispose of all wire twist-ties, cables, and bolts in the proper receptacle.
  17. Be alert for falling parcels and sacks when opening trailer or truck doors.
  18. Before moving a vehicle, make sure that no one is in it and that equipment is properly secured. Ensure that extendable conveyors and other equipment (such as a forklift or pallet-jack) have been removed and that the cargo doors are locked.
  19. Verify the green light is on (where applicable) before moving the
  20. Do not perform routine servicing (e.g., oil changes and filter replacements) of contractor vehicles on Postal Service premises.
  21. Do not perform major vehicle repairs on Postal Service premises.
  22. Notify the appropriate Postal Service officials before making emergency minor repairs on Postal Service premises.
  23. Thoroughly clean up all spills resulting from repairs and leaks.
  24. Report any hazard or unsafe condition or practice using PS Form 1767, Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition, or Practice. (See Exhibit 32.) These forms are available from a Postal Service supervisor.
  25. Note: A contractor may request a review of any local safety requirement through the AO and the transportation CO.

Exhibit 32 

PS Form 1767, Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition, or Practice

PS Form 1767 - Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition, or Practice