SEAT BELTS REGULATIONS
CITY & RURAL CARRIERS
Information correct at time of posting.
City Delivery Carriers
From Handbook M-41, City Delivery Carriers Duties and
- Seatbelts must be worn at all times the vehicle is in motion
(812.3). Exception for Long Life Vehicles: In instances when the
shoulder belt prevents the driver from reaching to provide delivery or
collection from curbside mailboxes, only the shoulder belt may be
- The lap belt must remain fastened at all times the vehicle is in
- Do not finger mail while driving or hold mail in your hands while
the vehicle is in motion (812.4).
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Rural Carrier Seat Belt Regulations
From Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties
- Seat belts must be worn at all times when operating a Postal
Service–owned or –leased vehicle. If a privately owned right-hand drive
(RHD) vehicle is used on the route, seat belts must be worn at all times
and the carrier must be positioned directly behind the steering wheel
whenever the vehicle is being operated (171.51.b.(1)).
- Exception: Carriers driving RHD vehicles equipped with both shoulder
and lap belts may disengage the shoulder belt only in those situations
when the shoulder belt prevents their ability to deliver or collect mail
from curbside mailboxes. The lap belt must be worn at all times the
vehicle is being operated (171.51.b.(1)).
- When operating a privately owned left-hand drive (LHD) vehicle, seat
belts must be worn and the carrier must be positioned directly behind
the steering wheel when traveling to and from the route, between Postal
Service units, and during any deviations from the established line of
travel beyond one-half mile for delivery, including travel between
routes when service is provided on more than one route (171.51.b.(2)).
- If a privately owned left-hand drive (LHD) vehicle is used on the
route, it is advisable that the rural carrier use seat belts and be
positioned behind the steering wheel when delivery and collection
activities do not unduly encumber, delay, or fatigue the rural carrier.
When using a privately owned LHD vehicle on the route, the rural carrier
may operate the vehicle without use of the seat belt and/or without
being positioned directly behind the steering wheel provided the carrier
determines it is safe to do so.
The rural carrier should consider the following factors when assessing
the use of the seat belt and appropriate seating position:
- Distance between stops.
- Traffic density and weather conditions.
- Road design characteristics, such as number of intersections
traversed, road shoulder width, and surface conditions.
Other factors affecting safety (171.51.b.(3)).
Do not finger mail while driving or engage in other unsafe practices
when the vehicle is in motion (171.8).
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