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List of Problematic ‘Leyman’ Trucks Released

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03/10/2005 - The APWU in early March learned which USPS trucks featuring Leyman lift gates are being used and where they are being deployed. The USPS has been receiving parts and instructions from the manufacturer and has started modifying and replacing both rail-type and tuck-under lift gates.

Spreadsheets identify Freightliner [PDF] and International [PDF] brand trucks with Leyman lift gates that have been placed in the field.

Each of the rail-type lift gates needs a replacement valve and should be taken out of service until repaired. Once such a truck has been repaired, a green sticker will be placed on the lift gate valve body.

The tuck-under lift gates need two new brackets welded on them. At this time, Leyman and the USPS have not provided notification on the truck that would indicate that this repair has been performed: Motor Vehicle Operators should make firsthand visual inspections to be certain.

If the tuck-under lift gates have not been repaired, they should have been rendered inoperative — if you press the control buttons, nothing should happen.

(For more on this topic, see "Lift Gates’ Could Pose Serious Danger," from the March/April 2005 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)