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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.
'America's Best' competition to be held in San Antonio
March 22, 2011
The NAPT's 8th Annual America's Best competition will be hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians Sept. 27 to 30. The competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.
Top Shops 2011
March 17, 2011

This year for our annual series, we shine the spotlight on five maintenance programs with dedicated staff members who have established efforts to save their operations money, work well with their colleagues and earn excellent fleet safety inspection ratings.

Zonar Systems to offer engine diagnostic system
February 7, 2011
The company partners with Mitchell 1 to develop Zonar Rx, in which the latter’s Repair-Connect web services will be integrated into Zonar’s Ground Traffic Control web-based data management software. Zonar Rx will communicate trouble codes from an engine control module and provide essential service information to diagnose and repair the problem.
Prices raised on Bridgestone truck, bus tires
February 3, 2011
The 12-percent price increase is effective immediately on Bridgestone and Firestone brand truck and bus radial tires. A company official cites "severely escalating raw material costs."
Thomas Built offers bus maintenance class
February 1, 2011
The annual Thomas Built Institute will be held May 10-13. Participating technicians will receive 28 credit hours in bus maintenance education.
Details released on Iowa school bus technician competition
January 24, 2011
The Third Annual “Best of the Best” competition will be held on April 16. Technicians will complete a written exam and a hands-on component; the winner will go on to participate in the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s “America’s Best” competition later this year.
System simplifies air conditioning installation
January 18, 2011
Carrier Transport Air Conditioning’s new color-coded FlexCLIK hose and fitting refrigerant system offers color-coded laylines on each hose according to air conditioning function. The system’s components are bagged together, providing the service technician or installer with all the parts needed to complete the air conditioning connection.
Spring session of IC Bus University scheduled
January 14, 2011
The bus manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of March 14. The session will provide instruction on such topics as bus maintenance, engines, wheelchair lifts and transmissions.
Trans Tech Bus unveils new warranty
January 13, 2011
The Type A manufacturer will warrant each school bus and multi-function school activity bus for three years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the original in-service date of the vehicle, with no deductible.
SBF to spotlight ‘Top Shops’
January 11, 2011
Is your school bus maintenance program top-notch? If so, we'd like to share your success with the rest of our readers.
South Carolina buys buses from Alabama district
January 6, 2011
The state's Department of Education purchases 24 buses to replace its aging fleet. It marks the third time that South Carolina has bought used school buses in the past six years.
School bus sales drop for fourth year in a row
December 28, 2010
In the 2010 sales year, 31,194 school buses were sold in the U.S. and Canada, down about 13 percent from the 2009 total and 34 percent from the 2006 total.

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