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‘America’s Best’ competition to be held in South Carolina
September 15, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. — School bus technicians and inspectors from across the nation will test their skills here Sept. 23-25 during the National Associati...
Guard Your Buses Against Corrosion
September 1, 2009

A chemical now being applied to roads can cause expensive damage to buses over time. Bolster vehicle safety and service life by conducting corrosion inspections and choosing the right protective products.

Registration open for IC Bus’ fall maintenance program
August 19, 2009
WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Technicians can now register for the fall session of IC Bus University training, to be held at the company’s Tulsa, Okla., bus pl...
Virginia district urges state to update bus inspection regulations
August 11, 2009
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — School bus inspections could be less physically demanding for bus drivers statewide by next spring.

The state Department ...

Selecting School Bus Brake Systems
August 1, 2009

School bus operators have a lot to choose from in selecting braking systems and other auxiliary technologies.

MacAllister Machinery Co. joins Blue Bird dealer network
July 14, 2009
Blue Bird Corp. has added MacAllister Machinery Company to its list of authorized dealers. MacAllister will serve northern and central Indiana.
Tires Can Withstand Rugged Driving Conditions
July 1, 2009

Tire industry officials view school buses as a pickup-and-delivery (or start-stop) application, as well as a high-scrub application due to the sto...

How to Conduct Annual Heavy Maintenance
July 1, 2009

As each school year winds down, fleets should focus on heavy maintenance — scrutinizing every bus and replacing or repairing worn components. Doing so can prevent breakdowns and avoid liability.

Oregon governor approves bus retrofit, replacement bill
June 29, 2009
SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed into law a bill that will require all diesel school buses in the state to meet the EPA’s 2007 emissions ...
Tennessee to allow extended school bus life
June 25, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Large school buses in Tennessee could stay in service up to 17 years under a new state law, which increased the limit by two years...
Nearly 90% of Missouri school buses pass inspections
June 16, 2009
The Missouri State Highway Patrol inspected 12,333 school buses across the state this spring, approving 88.5 percent of the vehicles, rejecting 9.3 p...
Thomas Built Institute to provide 36 hours of technician training
June 3, 2009
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses will hold training sessions for school bus technicians July 20-24, at its headquarters here.

"New techno...

Keys to Running an Efficient Shop
June 1, 2009

Over the past few years, I have written a number of articles for SBF and if you’ve read at least a few of them, you’re probably aware of my int...

Texas to send 2 to America’s Best
May 8, 2009
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — On May 2, the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians (TASBT) held its second annual competition for technicians at Northsid...
Tires: past, present and future
April 1, 2009

It is probably safe to say that most people take tires for granted. Contrasted with the late 1800s, when the first pneumatic tire was developed, t...

Blower system clears buses of ice danger
March 18, 2009
An innovative new machine targets the potentially dangerous problem of ice and snow buildup on school buses.
‘America’s Best’ competition slated for September
March 9, 2009
This year’s “Americas’ Best” competition finals will be held Sept. 22 to 25 in Greenville, S.C. The sixth annual competition will be hosted by Michelin America.
Staying afloat when the ship seems to be sinking
March 1, 2009

Like you, I read trade publications to stay informed. They help keep me aware of trends across the nation. Also, like many of you, I like to attend...

Selecting Maintenance Software to Fit Your Operation
March 1, 2009

A fleet supervisor converting a school bus garage into a “paperless” operation might find the process of evaluating all the maintenance software o...

10 Top Shops 2009
March 1, 2009

In our annual series, we spotlight 10 superb school bus maintenance programs that keep district and contractor fleets throughout North America running smoothly. See how this year’s operations have excelled through innovative practices and dedicated staff.

 

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