UPS Spanked for Unsafe Trucks

The Watertown Daily Times reports:

A state attorney general’s office investigation into United Parcel Service’s delivery fleet, which was prompted by complaints from a mechanic at the UPS Watertown facility, has resulted in a $1.3 million settlement with the package deliverer.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the settlement Tuesday, saying in a prepared statement that the agreement resolves allegations that UPS knowingly permitted trucks in serious disrepair to be driven by employees throughout the state.

“UPS knowingly endangered not only the lives of their own employees, but the lives of the driving public,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “By keeping these rotting and decaying trucks on the roadways, UPS was an accident waiting to happen and this office has zero tolerance for anyone who knowingly poses a serious and significant risk to New Yorkers.”

The investigation found that UPS was inspecting and passing its own trucks despite their poor condition, according to Mr. Schneiderman. In addition to the monetary penalty, UPS has agreed to have an independent inspector conduct state inspections of its vehicles for the next five years.

Read the rest of the story here about UPS knowingly using old trucks with “cracked and rotted frames”.