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First Student to outfit 60,000-vehicle fleet with Zonar


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First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar's electronic fleet management solution, which includes the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections.

First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar's electronic fleet management solution, which includes the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections.

SEATTLE — First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar Systems' electronic fleet management solution, which will be added to the school bus contractor's entire fleet of 60,000 vehicles.

"We have been working with Zonar over the last six years, first as a pilot customer, then as a full-service solutions provider," said Gary Catapano, First Student's senior vice president of safety. "Zonar has proven itself to be a valuable partner, providing a unique solution that enables us to support our primary business objective of delivering the highest level of safety and security to our customers and the 4 million students we transport to and from school each day."

The agreement includes deploying Zonar's full suite of applications: the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections; the V2J Vehicle Diagnostic Device for tracking and managing of assets and real-time transmission of vehicle subsystem data; and Ground Traffic Control, a Web-based data and fleet management application.

"We are pleased to have been chosen by First Student," said Brett Brinton, president of Zonar. "It's a win/win for fleet managers, drivers and riders alike because our unique solutions lead to better-maintained vehicles, improved driver and passenger safety, and more efficient operations."

 


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There is no difference between the two. Zonar is suppose to just take place of the vir. The same rules apply. Drivers need to notate problems with there vehicle every day until the repairs are signed off as done. They should also get paperwork verifying this has been completed. If the repair is not done then they should verify that it is safe to drive by signing off also. Drivers continue to notate in zonar the defect. I don't think that the companies are using the equipment the way that it was meant to be used. Drivers everywhere should also know that this is their responsibility and that they will be held accountable if not used the right way.

D    |    May 08, 2010 07:33 AM

I'm not understanding how Zonar verifies a pre/post trip done. whether a driver is using paper or the zonar it is up to the driver themselves to do it properly. so whether you have the wand in your hand or not....it's up to you the driver to do it. I'm also told companies say using Zonar is more efficient than the dvir book but yet they are cutting the pre and post trip times. What is the difference between the 2? Not much, one is a wand and the other is paper and pen. If done properly the times will not be much different.

joann    |    May 07, 2010 09:51 AM

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