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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.
Registration open for Thomas Built maintenance program
January 13, 2010
The Thomas Built Institute, to be held May 11-14, will include instruction on 2010 emissions and electrical systems for school bus technicians. The course is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention.
Blue Bird redesigns cockpit of Type C unit
December 8, 2009
The revamped driver’s area in the Vision school bus boasts ergonomic placement of switches and controls, an easy-to-read instrument panel, a redesigned electrical panel and a foot-applied parking brake, among other features.
Blue Bird offers new cleaning line for buses
December 4, 2009
The Bird Bath cleaning and protection products are environmentally friendly, meeting the EPA Design for Environment program’s highest standards.
New Hoglund facilities boost efficiency, customer service
December 3, 2009
Hoglund Bus Co. recently opened a service facility at its main dealership in Minnesota that has enabled the company’s technicians to work together. Hoglund also opened a new service location to further assist its customers.
Illinois district to receive $60K in Zonar equipment
December 1, 2009
Freeport School District #145 was selected to receive a grant to fund more than $60,000 worth of Zonar Systems equipment to outfit the district's entire school bus fleet. The grant was awarded through a partnership with the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
Registration open for IC Bus’ spring maintenance program
November 30, 2009
IC Bus University training will be held in March in Tulsa, Okla., and will cover such topics as bus electronics and maintenance, brake systems, engines and air conditioning. The session is limited to 60 technicians.
Thomas Built redesigns cockpit of Type D unit
November 19, 2009
The manufacturer’s 2010 Saf-T-Liner EF school bus features cockpit improvements to enhance functionality and driver comfort, including optimized driver’s seat placement and grouped switches. The unit also boasts a revamped electrical system.

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