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Voith Turbo extends transmission fuel agreement
November 14, 2011
The company is continuing for another three years a warranty program with Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. Under the program, when using Petro-Canada’s Heavy Duty Synthetic Blend Automatic Transmission Fluid in new deliveries of Voith DIWA transmissions, the transmission’s base warranty coverage is extended from 24 months/150,000 miles to 30 months/150,000 miles.
Rotary Lift offers full line of inground lifts
November 1, 2011
With the introduction of the EFX60 scissor lift, Rotary Lift now offers a full line of heavy-duty inground lifts to meet any bus maintenance application, according to the company. The EFX60 joins the MOD30 modular environmentally friendly inground lift and the traditional inground lift in the heavy-duty line-up.
Zonar celebrates 10-year anniversary
October 20, 2011
The company's foundational offering was the Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report, and as demand for the technology grew, the company began offering other products, such as ZPass and Ground Traffic Control. Zonar attributes its growth to customer-driven product development and strong relationships with customers who are leaders in their respective markets.
Mohawk releases new parallelogram vehicle lift
October 18, 2011
The galvanized lift is rust proof, making it ideal for wash bay environments, according to the company. It is available surface or flush mounted in 36,000-, 50,000-, 75,000- and 100,000-pound capacities.
Micro Bird makes Onspot chains a factory installed option
October 13, 2011
Micro Bird Inc. adds Onspot of North America's automatic tire chains as a factory installed option at its school and commercial bus plant. Onspot's technology allows the operator to engage and disengage tire chains at the flip of a switch to enhance traction and reduce stopping distance in snow and ice, according to the company.
Arsenault releases new edition of fleet management software
October 13, 2011
The company's Dossier 6.1 fleet asset maintenance management software offers enhancements, including Arsenault's Instant Recall repair histories, new reporting capabilities and innovative tools for compliance, benchmarking and automated report delivery.
Koroseal bus tread targets traction, cleaning ease
October 13, 2011
The company’s Pebble Tread, which has been in use for nearly 20 years, has a non-directional raised pattern that provides an aggressive traction surface and still allows for ease of sweeping. Koroseal officials discuss how it holds up to the “extreme wear and tear found in the school bus entry.”
Rotary unveils updated 'green' inground lift
October 4, 2011
Rotary Lift introduces its updated MOD30 environmentally friendly inground lift at the American Public Transportation Association EXPO 2011. The lift includes an ultra-low-profile version of the company's patented universal saddle adapter, and both of the lift's saddle adapters offer a greater adjustment range.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ tech, inspector contest
October 3, 2011
Alan Fidler of Indiana places first in the technician category and Jack Defibaugh of West Virginia takes the top honor in the inspector category. Fidler, Defibaugh and the other competitors were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
Police conducting thousands of surprise bus inspections
September 27, 2011
The two-week strike force targets motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other passenger vehicles across the country. It is launched on the same day as the federal government’s Motorcoach Safety Summit.
District’s techs hone skills, vie for 'Top Shop' title
September 22, 2011
Volusia County (Fla.) Schools holds an in-house technician skills competition to coordinate training and team-building exercises. The district has four bus garages, each of which competes as a team for the bragging rights to be named Top Shop for a year.
Rotary Lift expands installer training to cover new products
September 22, 2011
The company adds a third full day to its Rotary Authorized Installer regular factory training classes, which is intended to thoroughly cover proper lift installation and service for new products. Attendees will work together to install lifts, take apart and rebuild hydraulic cylinders and accessories, and practice various service techniques.
Zonar data, fleet software integration eases maintenance
September 20, 2011
Zonar and TMW Systems integrate their technology to provide maintenance facilities with real-time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics within TMW Systems' TMT Fleet Maintenance software. The maintenance software accesses Zonar data to identify and prioritize repairs and automate work order processes.
Gasboy says new warm weather DEF dispenser can cut costs
September 15, 2011
The company's Warm Weather Atlas Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispenser does not include a heated cabinet. According to officials, this reduces the total cost of ownership for fleet operators in locations that do not approach the DEF freeze point of 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
$5K awarded in America's Best scholarship program
September 13, 2011
The funds from Delco Remy go to qualifying school bus technicians and inspectors to help them attend NAPT's 2011 America's Best competition.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
Ga. district installs Gasboy fleet fueling, management systems
September 1, 2011
Cherokee County School District is installing the systems at the second of four fueling sites for the county's 392 school buses. The turnkey solution includes Gasboy Atlas dispensers, Islander PLUS fleet management systems and Gasboy Fleet Head Office management software.
Hit the Road: Choosing the Right Tires
August 29, 2011

When selecting tires for a school bus, it is essential to consider how those tires will cope with harsh weather and road conditions, as well as frequent starts and stops.

Mitt protects bus drivers’ hands from fuel grime, odor
August 23, 2011
Drivers can use Concept Communications Co.'s Gas/Diesel Mitt for fueling and then dispose of it after use. All the grime and residual fuel gets thrown away with the mitt, keeping the driver's hands clean, according to the company.
Vandals pour sugar in bus fuel tanks
August 18, 2011
The act disables half of a Missouri district's buses on the first day of school. An estimated 2,000 gallons of fuel had to be dumped, totaling at least $7,000.

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