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Defining the role of the service manager
August 1, 1999

The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.

Do school bus people have ‘the right stuff’?
August 1, 1999

Notable information presented at the 1999 Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference in Huntsville, Ala.

Momentum shifts away from non-conforming vans
August 1, 1999

As we approach the end of the 20th century, I’m encouraged by a school transportation safety movement to replace non-conforming vans with school buses

Opportunity is watchword for contractors in the 21st century
June 1, 1999

Related services, such as transportation, are ripe for scrutiny, especially as budget pressures continue to mount.

Tackling non-conforming vans requires concern — and action
June 1, 1999

Perhaps the question should be: Why have not the leaders in pupil transportation raised the volume on this issue to the same decibel level that has been done with the issue of seat belts vs. compartmentalization?

Littleton brings terror right to your service door
June 1, 1999

We try to make sense of the tragedy, we seek to lay blame and we pray that it doesn’t happen here. We need to do more.

Tags: bullying
Creating guidelines requires strong commitment (and coffee)
June 1, 1999

California officials have often been asked questions regarding school transportation to which there were no concrete answers and no “best practices” manual to which they could refer.

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.

How to Win the Race Against Time
June 1, 1999

Managers can maximize their efficiency by streamlining communication, reducing paperwork and parceling tasks into bite-sized chunks.

Programs Help Driver Trainers Sharpen Their Skill Sets
April 1, 1999

Train-the-trainer programs can help to improve the skill sets of your staff, even if they think they know it all.

Create a Safe Traffic Stream around School Sites
April 1, 1999

The proper application of traffic engineering can help school bus fleets increase their safety margins.

Four days to safer installation of child safety seats in buses
April 1, 1999

If the school bus is indeed an extension of the classroom, then a change in education is evidenced by the passengers who are being transported today.

Rating an oil's quality can be a slippery task
April 1, 1999

How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?

Tags: engines
New maintenance survey highlights need for mechanics
April 1, 1999

Our survey found something that at first glance might seem the opposite of what you might expect. We asked: "Do you have problems recruiting and/or retaining mechanics?" The study found that managers of larger fleets were far more likely to say yes to that question than smaller fleets.

Public awareness: It's not going to drive itself
April 1, 1999

The message that most often gets to the American public about school bus transportation is consistently negative. Thus, when a tragedy occurs, there is no residual good will to discourage overreaction.

Take a sneak peek into a digital school bus
April 1, 1999

First off, I would like to thank the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation for its hospitality at its annual conference in Columbus in mid-March.

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.

Dealer Service Can Make or Break Relationships with Buyers
April 1, 1999

School bus operators share their positive and negative experiences in dealing with chassis and body manufacturers.

Internet Provides Practical Benefits for Transportation Managers
April 1, 1999

The Internet can be used to track key legislation and approaching storms. It also can trim costs in disseminating information.

Staff Empowerment Is Objective of Team Management System
March 1, 1999

By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.

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