Our survey found something that at first glance might seem the opposite of what you might expect. We asked: "Do you have problems recruiting and/or retaining mechanics?" The study found that managers of larger fleets were far more likely to say yes to that question than smaller fleets.
Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.
Although the vast majority of today's school buses are spec'd for Budd-style disc wheels, some fleets still prefer the Dayton-style spoke wheel.
Before the start of the heating season, auxiliary coolant heaters should be inspected for proper functioning and possible tuneup according to the manufacturer's instructions.
In the September 1998 issue, we discussed the structure, floor and lighting of a perfect school bus garage. In this second and final part, we take care of the rest of the facility.
(First of two parts) One garage is not perfect for all. There are differences between garages for school buses and transit buses. But the hypothetical garage will have parts from which all garages can find some pieces.
Know the basics of handling, storage and reduction, prepare an emergency plan and use care in choosing a disposal firm. The conclusion of a two-part article.
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association created a school bus technicians contest to give mechanics the chance to showcase their talents and compare their skills with counterparts from other districts.
School bus operators need to consider fleet size, budget limitations and water quality before purchasing a bus-washing system.
For the past 47 years, the Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Workshop has offered some of the best training available in school transportation.
Before installing an in-ground or surface lift, bus operators need to know the pros and cons of each type.
BUSNET has improved safety and reduced a torrent of paper to a manageable information stream.
First of a two-part series: Identification of hazardous waste if the first step to proper handling, storage and disposal.
School bus operators are in a strong position to reap savings as manufacturers and other parts suppliers vie for lucrative aftermarket sales.
One of the most important parts of the pre-trip inspection of any school bus is the examination of the tires. Too many drivers merely thump the tires,...
For a variety of reasons I'll get to in a moment, the school bus industry will likely need to hang onto existing buses a bit longer and order more spa...
The shape of things to come has already arrived. It's a box, more or less, and it contains enough computer wizardry to monitor a wide range of engine ...
Carbon monoxide and diesel smoke are considered to be hazardous materials by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Carbon monoxide...
The antilock brake system (ABS) mandate has arrived. School buses (with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds) equipped with air brake systems manufacture...
Premature failure of your automatic transmissions can be minimized through proper spec'ing, preventive maintenance and technician training. By includi...
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