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Biodiesel and buses
August 1, 2006

By now, there is probably not a school transportation director in the country who hasn’t heard of biodiesel fuel. About 250 school districts throughout the country use biodiesel blends, in addition to hundreds of other major fleets and thousands of individual motorists and farmers.

Maintain Exits in Case of Emergency
August 1, 2006

Door, hatch and window exit systems should be inspected regularly and lubricated and cleaned as necessary. Here are tips for keeping their various parts moving.

A closer look at lifecycle costs
June 1, 2006

Pupil transportation operations are facing the same challenges — escalating fuel costs, greater demands from parents and schools and crunched budgets....

Too Good to Be True?
June 1, 2006

An engineering expert takes exception to the promises of better fuel economy, extended oil intervals and reduced emissions made by suppliers of fuel additives, engine attachments and other aftermarket products. The first of a two-part article.

SBF's Top 10 Maintenance Programs for 2006
April 1, 2006

School bus maintenance workers are often the unsung heroes of transportation departments. In our fifth annual edition of the Top 10, we again recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by America's school bus maintenance staffs.

Safety Standards Are Key With Vehicle Lifts
April 1, 2006

Today’s vehicle lifts have numerous built-in safety features, but technicians still need to know and follow safety guidelines and inspect lifts daily.

Mechanically inclined
April 1, 2006

They may not know why engines need lubrication. They may not know the difference between gasoline or diesel, or care about that difference. But it’s clear that bus drivers are an essential part of your maintenance program.

How to Solve Common Problems With Wheelchair Lifts
February 1, 2006

Misuse and everyday wear and tear on wheelchair lifts can keep them from running smoothly. Make lift checks a part of pre-trip inspections, and train drivers to recognize mechanical problems.

Search begins for next 'America's Best'
February 1, 2006

ALBANY, N.Y. — The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has again sent out the call to find “America’s Best” school bus maintenance and inspection professionals.

Reduced Engine Emissions, Higher Costs Looming
November 1, 2005

Bringing diesel engines into compliance with 2007 EPA standards will force manufacturers to charge a higher price. But the upside is that emissions will be significantly lower.

Bus Briefs
November 1, 2005

School bus driver saves choking student
SPENCERPORT, N.Y. — A school bus driver was honored for saving a choking student on his bus...

Turning waste into profit
November 1, 2005

With the high cost of fuel, districts and bus companies across the country are looking for ways to offset budget shortfalls.

Bus Washing Is a Matter of Touch
August 1, 2005

When it comes to his school bus fleet, “Image is everything,” says Al Olkowitz, transportation administrator at Jackson Township (N.J.) School Distric...

What's your shop IQ?
June 1, 2005

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers a series of school bus-specific tests as part of its certification program. The ...

Technicians Name Their Most Essential Garage Tools
April 1, 2005

It’s been said that a man's best friend is his dog, but visit some transportation garages across America and you might change your mind. A dog can bar...

SBF's Top 10 Maintenance Programs for 2005
April 1, 2005

Teamwork minimizes budget woes

Autauga County Schools
Prattville, Ala.

Mechanical aptitude and proper attitude
April 1, 2005

How little the general public knows about the tremendous effort that’s made each school day to get 24 million children to school and home. If they kne...

The right tools for the job
December 1, 2004

Wrenches, screwdrivers or pullers — school bus mechanics need to feel comfortable with the tools of their trade. We asked garage professionals abou...

Develop an Effective PM Program to Cut Costs
November 1, 2004

Operators of small buses who implement a thorough, well-considered preventive maintenance (PM) program can reap substantial savings. Worn or damaged c...

Pair shares title of 'America's Best'
September 1, 2004

TULSA, Okla. — A mechanic from Red Creek, N.Y., and a commercial vehicle enforcement officer from Olympia, Wash., were named "America's Best" school b...

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