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Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity
March 11, 2014

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.
Team stays proactive to maintain safe service
February 4, 2014

From its school bus maintenance to its driver training, the transportation employees at Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., look ahead and analyze information to identify potential problems or areas that need improvement.

Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K hardware grants
January 21, 2014
At the National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Zonar’s Don Carnahan presents hardware grants to school bus contractors Cook-Illinois Corp.; Sunrise Transportation Inc.; and Acme Bus Corp., Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2013
December 20, 2013
Here are the most popular news items posted on the SBF website this year, from a school district's bus inspection success streak to a set of PSA videos on the dangers of stop-arm running.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
New training courses cover natural gas vehicle maintenance
September 10, 2013
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute officials say that the new courses prepare technicians to perform maintenance, diagnostics and repair of natural gas vehicles. The heavy-duty course has major emphasis on Cummins ISL G-equipped vehicles.
TireStamp offers customizable tire, wheel maintenance program
July 17, 2013
Company officials say the program incorporates the latest industry recommended practices and procedures for maintaining commercial truck and bus tires and wheels. Each program will fit a fleet’s specific operations, outsourced tire maintenance and product preferences.
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.
How to make the most of technician training
March 12, 2013

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

Many recalled school buses haven't been fixed
November 20, 2012
About 250,000 school buses recalled from 2005 to 2010 have yet to be remedied, according to NHTSA officials. The average completion rate of mature recalls for school buses during that time period is 65%, which is lower than the completion rate for other vehicles, 68%.
Skilled techs keep fleets top-notch
March 6, 2012

Pupil transporters say that technicians should have a desire to learn, and they discuss methods and resources for instruction. They also say that employee communication, a strong preventive maintenance program and performance benchmarking are essential to achieving well-maintained school buses.

District honored for safety and performance excellence
May 11, 2011
The South Shore Regional School Board receives the Gold Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. Inspectors look at such factors as driver training and accident reporting. The district also achieves the best score for the least number of defects found during the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board mechanical inspections.
Top Shops 2011
March 17, 2011

This year for our annual series, we shine the spotlight on five maintenance programs with dedicated staff members who have established efforts to save their operations money, work well with their colleagues and earn excellent fleet safety inspection ratings.

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