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Iowa updates school bus spec rules
July 16, 2014
Among changes to the state's school transportation equipment specs are requirements for remote-controlled mirrors, fluorescent seat belts for drivers, and fire block upholstery in all seating positions. Lap belts are no longer allowed on new school buses in Iowa, except for use with child seats.
Top Shops 2010
March 12, 2010

This year for our annual series, we've profiled five maintenance programs at school district and contractor fleets around the country that have led them to excel on state inspections. They have also helped to reduce the operations' costs and enhance safety.

Spec'ing tips offered at CASTO conference
June 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO — The importance of writing proper bus specifications was emphasized by Charlie Hood, Florida’s state pupil transportation director, during a session at the 38th annual conference of the California Association of School Transportation Officials in San Diego.

Keeping Warm in the Dead of Winter
December 1, 2005

The winter season ushers in some extreme weather conditions that can take a toll on transportation operations. A school bus contractor in Alaska discusses what it takes to keep passengers, staff and equipment safe and warm.

Tips and Tactics From the Top 100
December 1, 2005

Some of the largest school bus fleets in the country share best practices in operations, maintenance, driver training and recruitment, and other areas.

Taking a Stand in Warrensburg
August 1, 2005

Four days of listening to lengthy and often meandering debate over minute details about school transportation equipment and operations would test the ...

Bus A/C Delivers More Integrated, Safer Products
June 1, 2004

As technology improves and demand for chilled school buses rises, more and more of the yellow vehicles are being outfitted with air conditioning syste...

All Wheels Are Not Created Equal
June 1, 2003

The Website Forum on www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum called Professional Garage has recently been hit wit...

How and When to Buy a Used School Bus
June 1, 2003

When it comes to purchasing a used school bus, you may already know a lot more than you think about making the right choice.

Executives seasoned i...

Parts Sales Pinches by Budget Shortfalls
November 1, 2002

To what degree is the weak economy affecting school transportation department's purchase of bus parts? How are schools coping? And to what degree are ...

Training Drives Success at Texas School District
February 1, 2002

Northside Independent School District in Greater San Antonio is faced with a population explosion that shows no sign of subsiding. Currently transport...

Tips on Spec'ing a Bus for Pre-School Age Children
February 1, 2002

The task of spec’ing a school bus that will be used to transport pre-school age children can be tricky. To take some of the guesswork out of the...

Keys to the Perfect Marriage of Engine and Transmission
April 1, 2000

First, determine how the bus will be used. Second, rate the importance of performance, fuel economy and serviceability. Third, consider affordability.

Should School Buses Have Rear Underride Guards?
February 1, 2000

Transportation managers should inventory their fleets and assess their risks. And drivers should be trained how to respond to an underride crash.

LEDs Poised for a Breakthrough in School Buses?
September 1, 1999

The major benefits of light-emitting diodes are increased safety and longevity, but do they outweigh the higher initial costs?

Weigh Your Options When Spec’ing a Suspension System
August 1, 1999

Finding the right balance between ride, handling and longevity requires planning and research.

Tips on Buying and Selling Used School Buses
June 1, 1999

Shrinking school budgets are forcing some school bus fleets to look at the 'pre-owned' market, where research and comparison shopping can save thousands of dollars.

Get More from Your Specs in the Long Run
April 1, 1999

Before you send out your next set of bids, review your spec'ing process to ensure that it delivers the product that you want.

Tips on proper spec'ing of special-needs buses
December 1, 1998

One of the many challenges of transporting students with disabilities is properly spec'ing the school bus, which must be equipped to meet the varying demands of disabled children.

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