U.S. Senator Cory Booker has introduced the Postal Innovation Act


Printing Impressions – U.S. Senator Cory Booker—a Democrat from New Jersey—has introduced the Postal Innovation Act, which calls upon the United States Postal Service (USPS) to use “more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly technology” for its vehicles, and also explore “the economic benefits of non-postal services.”

Post & Parcel report on the  specifics. Senator Booker said the Postal Innovation Act would:

  • allow USPS to enter into contracts to upgrade the postal fleet by increasing long-term savings through the reduction of collision, maintenance, fuel, and other costs
  • require postal vehicles to be equipped with collision-averting technology
  • instruct USPS to “reduce its vehicular consumption of petroleum products by no less than 2% annually through the end of fiscal year 2025″
  • require postal vehicles to comply with standards established by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act
  • allow the Postal Service to utilise savings from this act to reinvest in innovation, research, and development.

The Senator’s statement also included two aims for the bill which focused on the application of online communications and other potential commercial opportunities, rather vehicle technology. They were:

  • allowing USPS “to implement pilot programmes in five cities for non-postal services including public wireless broadband Internet access, experimental postal products market testing, beer and wine shipment, warehousing, and Internet voting”
  • providing “guidelines for the Comptroller General to conduct a study of potential opportunities and challenges related to the Postal Service providing public internet access and online voting”.