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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.
Anti-vandalism methods save $70 per window, deter damage to seats
November 9, 2009
Whittier school bus operation has implemented programs to deter vandalism to bus windows and seats....
Blue Bird reports favorable fuel economy performance
November 6, 2009
OEM says that third-party testing of its Vision school bus with an ’07 Cummins ISB engine shows it could save over $1,000 per year in fuel costs.
Heating Systems Help Reduce Emissions, Costs
October 1, 2009

Today’s engine heating systems available for the school bus segment help make vehicle start-up more efficient, reducing idle times and thus emissions ...

NAPT names ‘America’s Best’
September 29, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Friday, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) named the winners of its 2009 “America’s Best Technician” and ...
Is TCI responsible for U.S. Bus recalls?
September 25, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Before U.S. Bus ceased operations in 2007, the Type A school bus manufacturer filed at least 15 reports with the National Highway ...
IC Bus solidifies multi-year deal with paint supplier
September 22, 2009
NORCROSS, Ga. — Following an extensive review and product testing process, AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes Americas has become the approved paint suppli...
‘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...

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