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DEF transfer system designed for long haul
December 15, 2014
Innovative Products of America’s DEF Transfer System is constructed of all DEF-rated components with corrosion-resistant fittings for a long-term transfer solution, according to the supplier.
PulseTech unveils battery recovery charger
December 4, 2014
The SC-6 is designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
Ownersite enhances fleet maintenance software
December 4, 2014
The update includes added functionality, such as manufacturer-recommended service intervals, vehicle archiving, management dashboards and mobile-friendly design.
Chevron offers new motor oil for diesel engines
November 25, 2014
Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30 motor oil is designed to help improve fuel economy, according to Chevron.
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.
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