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Rotary unveils updated 'green' inground lift
October 4, 2011
Rotary Lift introduces its updated MOD30 environmentally friendly inground lift at the American Public Transportation Association EXPO 2011. The lift includes an ultra-low-profile version of the company's patented universal saddle adapter, and both of the lift's saddle adapters offer a greater adjustment range.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ tech, inspector contest
October 3, 2011
Alan Fidler of Indiana places first in the technician category and Jack Defibaugh of West Virginia takes the top honor in the inspector category. Fidler, Defibaugh and the other competitors were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
Police conducting thousands of surprise bus inspections
September 27, 2011
The two-week strike force targets motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other passenger vehicles across the country. It is launched on the same day as the federal government’s Motorcoach Safety Summit.
District’s techs hone skills, vie for 'Top Shop' title
September 22, 2011
Volusia County (Fla.) Schools holds an in-house technician skills competition to coordinate training and team-building exercises. The district has four bus garages, each of which competes as a team for the bragging rights to be named Top Shop for a year.
Rotary Lift expands installer training to cover new products
September 22, 2011
The company adds a third full day to its Rotary Authorized Installer regular factory training classes, which is intended to thoroughly cover proper lift installation and service for new products. Attendees will work together to install lifts, take apart and rebuild hydraulic cylinders and accessories, and practice various service techniques.
Zonar data, fleet software integration eases maintenance
September 20, 2011
Zonar and TMW Systems integrate their technology to provide maintenance facilities with real-time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics within TMW Systems' TMT Fleet Maintenance software. The maintenance software accesses Zonar data to identify and prioritize repairs and automate work order processes.
Gasboy says new warm weather DEF dispenser can cut costs
September 15, 2011
The company's Warm Weather Atlas Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispenser does not include a heated cabinet. According to officials, this reduces the total cost of ownership for fleet operators in locations that do not approach the DEF freeze point of 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
$5K awarded in America's Best scholarship program
September 13, 2011
The funds from Delco Remy go to qualifying school bus technicians and inspectors to help them attend NAPT's 2011 America's Best competition.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
Ga. district installs Gasboy fleet fueling, management systems
September 1, 2011
Cherokee County School District is installing the systems at the second of four fueling sites for the county's 392 school buses. The turnkey solution includes Gasboy Atlas dispensers, Islander PLUS fleet management systems and Gasboy Fleet Head Office management software.
Hit the Road: Choosing the Right Tires
August 29, 2011

When selecting tires for a school bus, it is essential to consider how those tires will cope with harsh weather and road conditions, as well as frequent starts and stops.

Mitt protects bus drivers’ hands from fuel grime, odor
August 23, 2011
Drivers can use Concept Communications Co.'s Gas/Diesel Mitt for fueling and then dispose of it after use. All the grime and residual fuel gets thrown away with the mitt, keeping the driver's hands clean, according to the company.
Vandals pour sugar in bus fuel tanks
August 18, 2011
The act disables half of a Missouri district's buses on the first day of school. An estimated 2,000 gallons of fuel had to be dumped, totaling at least $7,000.
With end of Minnesota shutdown, bus inspections restart
July 21, 2011
State director Lt. Ed Carroll says that bus inspections should now resume as scheduled prior to the government shutdown. His office is working on a plan to catch up on the inspections that were missed over the past 21 days.
Software function displays vehicle maintenance history
July 21, 2011
Arsenault Associates' Instant Recall, a new function of its Dossier asset maintenance management software, automatically displays maintenance history information when a new repair order is initiated. This reduces rework and saves time, according to company officials.
Navistar Parts products to be sold on Amazon.com
July 20, 2011
The company’s PARTSMART parts, which are used for International and IC Bus brand vehicles and MaxxForce brand diesel engines, can be ordered through the e-commerce site. Customers can customize their shipping preferences, see product reviews and use a variety of payment options.
Bus inspections on hold during Minnesota shutdown
July 12, 2011
The state government halted at the beginning of July after legislators failed to agree on a new budget. At the Office of Pupil Transportation Safety, Lt. Ed Carroll and the tech sergeants are on duty and will respond to any crashes, but the bus inspectors are not working during the shutdown.
ACT roof-mount A/C condenser has low-profile design
July 7, 2011
American Cooling Technology's CR-2 is 7 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds. Company officials say its low height increases roof clearance, while its tapered leading edge eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
NAPT, Zonar offer another $50K grant
June 28, 2011
The grant is for fleet management technology from Zonar that targets school bus security and efficiency. It will go to a school system whose transportation director is an NAPT member.
Company's vehicle lifts meet certification standards
June 22, 2011
All three models of Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s WPLS series of wireless mobile column lifts meet all requirements for certification under the current national standard, ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006, and the ALI Automotive Lift Certification Program.

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