Sending Office: Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By:
Jordan.Sciascia@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Supporting groups: Environmental Law and Policy Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Plug In America, Public Citizen, Safe Climate Campaign. Union of Concerned Scientists

Original Cosponsors: Connolly, McGovern, Carbajal

Dear Colleague,

It is time to transform the worst federal fleet into a national leader in fuel efficiency and technological innovation. The United States Postal Service (USPS) owns and operates the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet comprised of more than 232,000 mail
delivery vehicles. Over 141,000 of these vehicles are aging Grumman LLVs, which average only 10 miles per gallon. This vehicle first entered service in 1987, and the majority have reached the end of their 24-year operational lifespan. Fueling these vehicles
comes at a high cost: in FY 2016, the USPS purchased 251 million gallons of diesel at a cost of more than $570 million. This makes the USPS one of the largest consumers of diesel fuel in the United States.

The Huffman Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act of 2019 will save the USPS hundreds of millions of dollars in annual fuel and maintenance costs by directing the Postal Service to modernize its antiquated and inefficient fleet.
Specifically, the bill requires the USPS to reduce petroleum consumption by 2 percent each year over the next 10 years and sets important tailpipe emission and fuel efficiency benchmarks for the new vehicle fleet the Postal Service will soon purchase. The
FLEET Act will achieve cost savings by reducing expenditures on petroleum fuel and maintenance, while establishing benchmarks to transform the USPS fleet into a global leader in efficiency and innovation.

Please join us in co-sponsoring the FLEET Act of 2019.

Summary of the FLEET Act:

  • Requires the USPS to reduce petroleum consumption by 2 percent every year over the next 10 years.
  • Sets minimum fuel efficiency and tailpipe emission standards for all new fleet vehicles.
  • Instructs USPS to incorporate new technologies into postal routes that increase fuel economy or reduce tailpipe emissions and use these new technologies to inform purchasing decisions.
  • Requires USPS to replace old vehicles that require costly unscheduled maintenance.
  • Provides USPS with funding tools to help cover the cost of upgrading their fleet, such as Energy and Utility Savings Performance Contracts.

We hope you will join us in supporting this effort by cosponsoring the FLEET Act. If you would like to cosponsor, or if you have any questions, please contact Jordan Sciascia in Rep. Huffman’s office at Jordan.Sciascia@mail.house.gov or call (202) 225-5161.

Sincerely,

 

____________________

Jared Huffman

Member of Congress

 

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