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Lift designed for easier, faster wheel removal
November 18, 2014
LoRiser Lift’s LoRiser1 wheel service lift uses a power system that is designed to combine hydraulics, a double-acting piston and a two-stage pump operating at optimum efficiency, company officials said. Additionally, hydraulic lines from the power unit to the vault provide easy access.
Alabama district gets 10 new Thomas Built buses
November 18, 2014
The Limestone County Schools transportation department showcased its new school buses last week. The buses include new seating features, a new bus body design and Wi-Fi capability.
Journal ranks Zonar among Seattle’s top big data software companies
November 13, 2014
The Puget Sound Business Journal placed the company second on its list of big data companies. This recognition comes on the heels of Zonar putting over 300,000 telematics units in operation.
Ohio school bus service company earns state commendation
November 5, 2014
After 25 years in business, Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair is getting some high-profile accolades, including an official commendation from Ohio state Rep. Rex Damschroder.
Daimler, GM honor Espar for supplier quality
October 29, 2014
Espar Heater Systems receives the Daimler 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award in recognition of its quality excellence, on-time delivery, added value and customer service.
Stertil-Koni: Green engines spur need for water resistant lifts
October 29, 2014
Maintenance shops are increasingly turning to heavy duty lift systems that are engineered to be water resistant, allowing technicians to pressure wash commercial vehicle undercarriages, according to Stertil-Koni.
District asks voters to fund school bus replacement
October 28, 2014
Arlington (Wash.) Public Schools leaders are looking for support for a two-year levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot expected to generate $1.5 million each year to replace old school buses. Nearly half the district’s fleet is at least 13 years old and fully depreciated.
Cummins offers free mobile app
October 23, 2014
The engine supplier’s new QuickServe Online app for Apple devices gives access to info for 15 million Cummins engine serial numbers.
Brandon Billingsley brought innovations in bus seating, lighting
October 22, 2014
Billingsley, president of Heavy Duty Bus Parts and UltraLED, died unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was a strong advocate of the use of LED lighting to enhance safety and efficiency.
Trans/Air debuts 2 new products
October 20, 2014
The supplier is now offering a TM43 Transit Compressor and a TM43 Mount and Drive kit for IC Bus conventional school bus chassis with Cummins ISB engines.
SEFAC unveils new mobile lift
October 16, 2014
The 18 Type features more user-friendly controls and enhanced fault finding, company officials said. All of SEFAC’s lifts are now manufactured in its Baltimore headquarters.
Study: Propane buses can cut fuel, maintenance costs in half
October 13, 2014
Some school districts’ propane bus fleets save nearly 50% on a cost-per-mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, a U.S. Department of Energy case study finds.
Thomas Built parent company DTNA to offer new Detroit engines
October 7, 2014
The new Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be offered throughout Daimler Trucks North America’s product portfolio, which includes Thomas Built Buses. More details about the engines’ impact on Thomas Built are expected to be announced later this year.
School Bus LED Benefits Increase as Costs Decrease
October 3, 2014

The price gap between LEDs and incandescent lights has gotten smaller in recent years. With their longer life, higher light output and lower maintenance, LEDs are delivering a great return on investment for school bus operations.

New vehicle lift from Rotary designed to fight rust
October 2, 2014
With the introduction of the MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series, Rotary Lift adds several weapons to its corrosion-fighting arsenal: nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating. Company officials say that the result is a lift that is more durable than its predecessor, the MOD30.
Arsenault Associates changes name to Dossier Systems
October 1, 2014
The company is known in the school bus industry for its Dossier fleet maintenance software. Company officials say that the name change reflects the increasing recognition of the Dossier brand and the growth of the business.
Arizona district named a ‘Fleet of the Year’ for emissions work
September 30, 2014
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality recognizes Apache Junction Unified School District based on the exemplary performance of the district’s vehicle emissions inspector, Daniel Radcliffe Jr. Radcliffe is audited on his documentation and tested for his accuracy, and officials say that he has repeatedly earned outstanding audit scores.
Mitchell 1 adds school bus models to troubleshooting website
September 29, 2014
Repair-Connect.net provides access to complete engine diagnostic repair information for all of the most common school bus types, company officials said.
Seon acquired by Safe Fleet
September 22, 2014
Safe Fleet designs and manufactures safety- and productivity-oriented components for the school bus, emergency vehicle, truck and trailer, utility vehicle and transit bus end markets. Video surveillance provider Seon’s headquarters and main operations will remain in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Terry Akiyama will continue in his role as president.
Diesel price down to lowest point in 2 years
September 18, 2014
The average on-highway diesel price in the U.S. was down to $3.801 per gallon as of Monday, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The latest average is the lowest since July 30, 2012, when it was $3.796 per gallon.
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