MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The United States Postal Service is under intense pressure to deliver absentee ballots in time to be counted this November.
Mail delivery has slowed down recently, and federal courts have ordered a halt to some changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The Postal Service is also facing a growing problem with its iconic fleet of mail trucks, they’re aging, and catching fire.
The Postal Service’s delivery backbone are mail trucks known as long life vehicles. They were custom built for the Postal Service and were designed to last 24 years. However, 70 percent of those vehicles are now 25 years and older, and they may be running borrowed time.
Across the country, USPS mail trucks carrying everything from prescriptions to ballots are burning up. Videos captured by news crews and the public alike, show these vehicles burning, rolling into a yard aflame, even catching fire at a gas station.