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ASK!: U.S. postal trucks don't need license plates

Published June 23, 2008 at 6 p.m.

Jean is wondering why U.S. Postal Service trucks don't have license plates while all other government vehicles do.

Vehicles used by the federal government are exempt from state laws pertaining to registration and licensing. Most agencies' vehicles carry U.S. government plates, but the Postal Service has its own registration system involving numbers on the trucks that it finds more efficient, said Postal Service spokesman Al DeSarro.

As a quasi-governmental agency, an independent establishment of the federal executive branch, the Postal Service raises its own funding and operates a fleet of 219,000 vehicles across the country, DeSarro said. The 4,628 postal vehicles in Colorado and Wyoming covered nearly 36 million miles on their routes last year.

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