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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.
Rotary introduces new heavy-duty scissor lift
May 31, 2011
Features of the EFX60 include flip-up adapters that swivel, making it possible to pick up vehicles by either the frame or the axle. As a result, officials say technicians using the EFX60 can properly lift and service virtually any medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicle weighing up to 60,000 pounds.
2 arrested in multiple bus battery thefts
May 26, 2011
A man and a woman are taken into custody for the theft of 12 large bus batteries and connector switches from an elementary school in Iredell, N.C. They are also suspects in the theft of bus batteries from two other elementary schools in Statesville, N.C.
Rotary introduces new mobile column lift
May 12, 2011
The Wireless Mach 4 is free of cords and cables — each column is powered by batteries and communicates with the other columns wirelessly. The lift is available in sets of four or six columns, and each column has a rated lifting capacity of 18,000 lbs.
Summer session of IC Bus University scheduled
May 3, 2011
The school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program will be held the week of July 25. School bus technicians will be provided with up to 42 hours of instruction on such topics as bus maintenance, engines, bus electrical, air conditioning and paint maintenance.
Lawmakers opt to continue funding school bus inspections
May 3, 2011
The Michigan Senate drops its plan to defund the inspection program run by the state police. The proposal for 2011-12 is to conduct all inspections, but the House will also need to support the measure.
Thomas Built to hold western tech training
April 20, 2011
The first western region edition of the school bus manufacturer's technician institute will cover such topics as maintenance and inspections, 2010 emissions systems and advanced electrical.
The Right Brakes for the Bus
March 31, 2011

SCHOOL BUS FLEET spoke with officials from three braking system manufacturers about how managing weight, drag and temperature with the right system can keep a school bus safe.

Operation earns 15th Excellent Fleet Award
March 29, 2011
North Kansas City Schools' transportation department earns the award from the Missouri Highway Patrol for the 15th consecutive year after receiving a fleet inspection rating of 99.4 percent. The transportation director says that of the more than 100 items inspected on each of the district's buses, only one "slightly loose item" prevented the district from earning a perfect score of 100.

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