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Spring session of IC Bus University scheduled
January 14, 2011
The bus manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of March 14. The session will provide instruction on such topics as bus maintenance, engines, wheelchair lifts and transmissions.
Trans Tech Bus unveils new warranty
January 13, 2011
The Type A manufacturer will warrant each school bus and multi-function school activity bus for three years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the original in-service date of the vehicle, with no deductible.
SBF to spotlight ‘Top Shops’
January 11, 2011
Is your school bus maintenance program top-notch? If so, we'd like to share your success with the rest of our readers.
South Carolina buys buses from Alabama district
January 6, 2011
The state's Department of Education purchases 24 buses to replace its aging fleet. It marks the third time that South Carolina has bought used school buses in the past six years.
School bus sales drop for fourth year in a row
December 28, 2010
In the 2010 sales year, 31,194 school buses were sold in the U.S. and Canada, down about 13 percent from the 2009 total and 34 percent from the 2006 total.
Zonar introduces new product offerings at NAPT
November 4, 2010
The company released the latest version of the ZPass solution. The new ZPass hardware is roughly half the size of the original and includes several new functionalities requested by customers. Also, in 2011, Zonar will introduce a new routing solution known as ZRoute.
Thomas Built names top dealers
November 3, 2010
Nelson’s Bus Service in Wisconsin earns the school bus manufacturer’s 2010 Dealer of the Year title. Top regional dealers are also honored.
New fleet maintenance program to be shown
October 31, 2010
Transfinder will give presentations on its new browser-based solution, Servicefinder, at the NAPT trade show this week. The program helps manage buses, parts, inventory and work orders.
Thermo King event highlights efficiency, sustainability
October 21, 2010
The event showcased Thermo King's products, with a focus on meeting new industry regulations, operational efficiency and sustainability. Key end users shared their experiences, and attendees toured the company's research center.
Valvoline engine oil provides lubrication protection
October 12, 2010
Benefits of Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 include reduced ash content, valve recession protection and advanced oxidation control. It is recommended for use in compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane-powered engines.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ technician, inspector competitions
October 5, 2010
Tim Knoll of Ohio placed first in the technician category and Shaun Dennis from Michigan took the top spot in the inspector category. Knoll and Dennis were among 30 school bus maintenance professionals who participated in the event; they were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
Technician killed in bus maintenance accident
September 3, 2010
Almaz Kucukovic was working on a bus when it started to roll. He was trying to climb on board the bus when he fell under the wheels, dying immediately from head and internal injuries.
Is Your Fleet Ready for Winter?
September 2, 2010

The season’s weather can create dangerous driving conditions for employees and slippery bus steps for students, but products are available to help eliminate these hazards. Manufacturers of automatic tire chains, a traction sander and a step heater discuss their features, safety benefits and installation options.

Cummins hits landmark in 2010 engine production
August 23, 2010
After seven months' production of its EPA 2010 compliant engines, Cummins announces that it has built and shipped more than 20,000 units. The manufacturer’s heavy-duty and mid-range engines use selective catalytic reduction to meet the EPA standards.
New CEO named at Foam Rubber Products
August 17, 2010
Norman Smith is the new CEO of the company, which provides foam for school bus seating. Frank Nold is named chairman emeritus.
Delco Remy endows $5K for America's Best scholarships
August 5, 2010
The heavy-duty electrical system supplier contributes to the program, which provides financial assistance to qualifying techs and inspectors to attend the competition. This year's competition will be held in Jasper, Ind., Sept 28 through Oct. 1.
Renowned school bus tech retires
July 22, 2010
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, steps down from his district position but will work for a dealership. “I will still be involved heavily in the school bus industry,” he says.
The Many Options of Bus Wash Systems
July 8, 2010

School bus wash options range from easy-to-use manual to fully automatic systems and can save time and costs.

Prices raised on Bridgestone tires
July 1, 2010
Bus and truck radial tire base prices are increased up to 6 percent. An exec says that the company “must pass along some of the increased costs that are outside of our control.”
Speakers set for Dossier Users Group summit
June 30, 2010
Eric Ice of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will speak about the administration’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative. Mark Norton of the Arizona Division of Safety and Health will discuss fleet maintenance safety.

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