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Tool compares diameter on dual-mated tires
July 11, 2013
Innovative Products of America’s Tire Comparator (Type II) provides an easy method of ensuring that mated tires are within tolerance, helping to ensure better fuel economy and longer tread life, officials say. To use the tool, fleet professionals can hold it against the tire and slide it across the tread for a pass/fail result.
Rotary Lift unveils four-post alignment lift
July 2, 2013
The new AR18 is designed to adapt to meet the needs of independent repair shops and mixed fleets, among others. The lift features two stainless steel turning radius gauges for use when performing alignments and is compatible with all brands and types of alignment instrumentation, according to the supplier.
Thomas Built tool calculates total cost of ownership
July 1, 2013
The manufacturer's new calculator, available through the Thomas Built dealer network, can measure the current total cost of ownership for fleets with any brand of buses.
Iowa school bus tech takes state title
June 19, 2013
Kevin Settle of Western Dubuque Community School District wins Iowa's fifth annual "Best of the Best" competition for school bus technicians. He advances to this year's national competition, to be held in Seattle in September.
TRP offers new line of school bus seat covers
June 17, 2013
The new seat covers give school districts a durable replacement option when maintaining their bus fleets, according to TRP. The line includes a hook-and-loop option for quick installation.
NRS system designed to help brake pads last longer
June 12, 2013
Nucap's NRS mechanical attachment system for brake pad backing plates has hundreds of hooks that create a permanent bond with the friction material. According to the company, this mechanical attachment technology holds the friction material better than any adhesive bond.
Terry Ruddick named Fleet Person of the Year in Colorado
June 6, 2013
The fleet manager at Thompson School District wins the award from the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. He credits his colleagues in the district’s transportation department, saying, “If it wasn't for the people around me doing their jobs so well, then I couldn't do the job that I do.”
Webinar to offer safe lift management tips
May 28, 2013
The free web seminar, “Lifting Your Vehicles Correctly and Safely,” will be presented by SCHOOL BUS FLEET, METRO Magazine and Rotary Lift on June 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. Topics to be discussed will include proper methodology for lifting every type of heavy-duty bus or truck and how to keep lifts in tip-top shape through inspection and maintenance.
Colorado’s David Anderson added to SBF advisory board
May 22, 2013
Anderson, the director of transportation and fleet service at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, joins eight other industry luminaries on the SCHOOL BUS FLEET editorial advisory board, which provides vital input for the magazine and website.
Mentoring program trains students to be technicians
May 16, 2013
Vocational school students who are chosen for the program work part-time in Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools' bus maintenance facilities, learning from experts and getting hands-on experience.
Norgren air intake throttle designed to improve emissions control
May 15, 2013
The air intake throttle manages airflow, optimizing exhaust gas recirculation, selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filters, according to the company. It is engineered specifically for heavy-duty diesel engines in commercial vehicles.
District’s shop foreman develops fleet management program
May 9, 2013
Todd Woodard created the program in Excel two years ago and has been testing it at Brevard Public Schools’ four transportation facilities in Florida since then. He explains to SBF how the program works and how it has improved communication and efficiency in the bus inspection process.
Rotary Lift recommends inspecting, maintaining vehicle lifts
May 2, 2013
The company says vehicle lifts are “essential” to the bus inspection process, so bus maintenance personnel should take time before the inspections to inspect, clean and maintain the lifts they have and think about replacing any nearing the end of their life expectancy.
Choosing the right maintenance software for your facility
May 2, 2013

Each system brings a diverse set of functions to the school bus market, including inventory tracking and work order generation, and many are customizable to meet operations’ individual needs.

Fleet expert Don Ross joins bus dealership LBS South
April 30, 2013
Ross is named service director for the school bus dealership in Jacksonville, Fla. He previously worked for the School District of Manatee County for more than 13 years in several positions, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance.
7 school districts awarded grants for bus retrofits
April 24, 2013
The Jefferson County, Mo., districts will receive a total of $300,000 to equip school buses with emission-reducing equipment. The funding comes from lead producer Doe Run as part of an agreement with the EPA.
Bee Line offers vehicle lifts, wheel equipment
April 18, 2013
The company’s new partnership with Corghi USA provides the HD700 Tire Changer and the ET66 Wheel Balancer. Bee Line also recently partnered with PKS Equipment & Engineering to offer several types of vehicle lifts.
Blue Bird offers rack, pole tests as standard features
April 8, 2013
The manufacturer provides the Colorado Rack Test and the Kentucky Pole Test specifications — both of which pertain to structural integrity — as standard on its conventional and transit-style school buses.
4 students charged in school bus vandalism
April 8, 2013
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
Texas district invests in tech training
April 3, 2013
The training was provided for Dallas County Schools’ technicians by Hydrotex, Stewart & Stevenson and Alternator Service. Officials say Hydrotex provided training on the principles of lubrication, Stewart & Stevenson provided training on Allison transmissions and Alternator Service provided instruction on a battery and charging system.

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