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Tires Can Withstand Rugged Driving Conditions
July 1, 2009

Tire industry officials view school buses as a pickup-and-delivery (or start-stop) application, as well as a high-scrub application due to the sto...

Girardin Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary
July 1, 2009
Girardin Minibus Inc.’s foray into the school bus industry began in 1958 when the Quebec government centralized the province’s education system, ne...
Making DEF Work for Your Operation
July 1, 2009

In talking with school bus fleet managers, transportation directors and mechanics about how they’re going to meet the tough new EPA air quality sta...

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What's New in the Top 50?
July 1, 2009

Recent developments related to several of this year's largest school bus companies.

How to Conduct Annual Heavy Maintenance
July 1, 2009

As each school year winds down, fleets should focus on heavy maintenance — scrutinizing every bus and replacing or repairing worn components. Doing so can prevent breakdowns and avoid liability.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT Summit boasts all-star lineup
July 1, 2009

At the risk of sounding like the master of understatement, the U.S. is going through a transformational period in our history socially, economically and politically.

Growing up yellow
July 1, 2009

My son loves buses. And trucks, trains, planes and probably any other massive craft that he’ll encounter.

When he hears a siren in the distan...

Spotlight on safety
June 1, 2009
We in the pupil transportation community are well aware of the superior safety record that our buses, drivers and other staff members maintain year af...
Best practices with biodiesel
June 1, 2009
John Deere of Moline, Ill., recently published a brochure that addresses the benefits and downsides of using ...
2010 Emissions Choices: Looking Under the Hood
June 1, 2009

Jan. 1, 2010, the final phase-in of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2007 Heavy Duty Diesel rule will take eff...

Keys to Running an Efficient Shop
June 1, 2009

Over the past few years, I have written a number of articles for SBF and if you’ve read at least a few of them, you’re probably aware of my int...

Boosting Bus Behavior With PBS
June 1, 2009
Driving under the influence of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) can reduce problematic student behavior by as much as 37 percent, according to Dr. Loui...
Cherokee County Schools Transportation Director Ken Johnson says Thomas Built Buses and his dealer have listened to his feedback in order to improve the C2.
Drivers Learn More to Earn More at Georgia District
June 1, 2009
Cherokee County is situated at the base of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain chains and is considered part of Metro Atlanta. Ken Johnson describ...
The Trans Group staff in Spring Valley, N.Y., has technology installed and upgraded in the summer. Here, maintenance supervisors and clerks attend a training session for an update made to the maintenance software the contractor uses.
Pupil Transporters Recharge, Stay Productive During Summer
June 1, 2009

Summer allows time for cleaning, software upgrades and professional development at operations. However, pupil transporters also serve students, recruit and train drivers, and prepare for the impending school year. While these months provide a breather from the demands of the school year, they keep officials busy.

Q&A: 2010 Engine Technology
June 1, 2009

With the EPA’s 2010 emissions standards drawing near, school bus OEMs answer key questions about the engine technology that will power their large buses.

NAPT News & Views — Meeting the needs of homeless kids
June 1, 2009

I have never been homeless, but my dad was for a while. My dad was a WWII vet, a tough SOB who, like many of his peers, saw and participated in things during the war that he didn’t want to discuss in retrospect.

Observe and report
June 1, 2009
In my last column, I wrote about two school bus d...
Navistar’s  MaxxForce  DT diesel engine
2010 Emission Standards: What Are Your Options?
April 1, 2009

For 2010, North American bus customers will have two choices to be compliant: they can either buy an all-new, add-on after-treatment system using SCR in addition to EGR, which will be offered by most bus manufacturers. Or, they can continue to use an in-cylinder solution with advanced EGR, offered by Navistar in its IC Bus brand school and commercial buses.

A lack of understanding
April 1, 2009

Ninety-one percent. That’s the landslide of voters in our latest Web Poll who either agreed or strongly agreed that, in general, the public does not understand how safe school bus transportation is.

Many industry observers believe that there is imminent rulemaking from NHTSA on medium truck tires, such as those used on school buses.
Tires: past, present and future
April 1, 2009

It is probably safe to say that most people take tires for granted. Contrasted with the late 1800s, when the first pneumatic tire was developed, t...

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