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Additional IC Bus University class scheduled
May 10, 2010
Due to growing demand, another session of the school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program will be held the week of Aug. 16. Fifty-four technicians attended last week’s session.
First Student to outfit 60,000-vehicle fleet with Zonar
May 6, 2010
The agreement includes installation of Zonar's full suite of applications, which target pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections as well as data and fleet management.
Strong winds shatter bus windshield
April 30, 2010
While transporting students back from a field trip on Thursday, a school bus drove into heavy winds that blew out the passenger side of the windshield. Four students suffered minor injuries.
Technicians, inspectors test skills in competition
April 29, 2010
During the Annual Texas Best Competition, participants were required to diagnose problems and find defects on school buses. Competitors also had to complete a written exam.
Blue Bird exec named senior advisor
April 27, 2010
In his new position, Roger Howsmon will act as the school bus manufacturer’s ambassador to the industry’s trade associations, councils and conferences by presenting at events and contributing to associations’ executive-level meetings. Howsmon joined Blue Bird in 2007.
Iowa holds 'Best of the Best' technician competition
April 23, 2010
Thirteen school bus technicians from 11 school districts in Iowa took part in the event. The winner will go on to compete at the national "America's Best" in Indiana in September.
Senate committee passes school bus refurb bill
April 20, 2010
The measure would allow Georgia schools to use the same state funds for school bus repairs and refurbishments that are allocated for school bus replacement. If it is ultimately signed into law, it would become effective on July 1.
Virginia holds first school bus technician competition
April 8, 2010
Sponsored by the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation and hosted by school bus dealer Sonny Merryman Inc., the competition included a written exam and a hands-on diagnostic and troubleshooting exercise.
Arsenault offers updated maintenance software
March 31, 2010
Dossier Version 5.1 includes features that remind users to file orders with parts suppliers and track whether vehicles are meeting performance thresholds. Technicians can clock in and out on repair orders for accurate reporting of time spent on jobs.
Espar school bus heaters get extended warranty
March 19, 2010
Extended service coverage is available to school bus customers at no charge. Company says the move is made in light of current economic pressures.
New software assists with fleet maintenance management
March 16, 2010
Transfinder’s browser-based solution, Servicefinder, includes features and tools to help pupil transportation personnel track parts and inventory, schedule preventive maintenance and work orders, and monitor fuel consumption.
Finding tires that are right for your operation
March 12, 2010

Industry professionals offer tips on how to select the best tires for a fleet of buses and discuss the value of running tests to help determine which tires are well suited for an operation's needs.

Tire Maintenance Best Practices
March 12, 2010

Officials at tire companies, along with technicians, say that checking for proper inflation, axle alignment and tread depth helps keep tires in good condition. They also provide tips on mounting, inspection, repair and replacement.

Top Shops 2010
March 12, 2010

This year for our annual series, we've profiled five maintenance programs at school district and contractor fleets around the country that have led them to excel on state inspections. They have also helped to reduce the operations' costs and enhance safety.

Navistar unveils e-commerce Website
March 8, 2010
The site offers hundreds of bus and truck parts from the company’s PARTSMART line. Orders placed through the site will be filled by International and IC Bus dealers.
Blue Bird to offer school bus technician training
March 4, 2010
Workshops held in April, May and July will provide information on the chassis and body of the manufacturer’s All American and Vision models. The sessions will include a tour of the Blue Bird plant.
Technology Showcase: A/C Systems
February 26, 2010

Here, we provide details on a variety of innovative school bus air conditioning offerings from six manufacturers.

Proactive Customers Boost Lift User Safety
February 5, 2010

The features of today’s vehicle lifts help prevent technician injuries, but to maximize their safety, pupil transporters must ensure that the lift is certified, that their shop can properly house the equipment, that techs are trained to operate it and that the lift is inspected annually.

Diesel price projected to climb over next 2 years
January 19, 2010
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the average price of diesel to rise about 28 percent from 2009 through 2011. A smaller increase is projected for average gasoline price.
Navistar Parts program offers cash for unused inventory
January 19, 2010
The Customer Parts Recovery program allows customers to return new or obsolete parts or overstocks and receive money or credit for future purchases. Those interested in participating in the program should contact their parts sales managers at International truck or IC Bus dealerships.

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