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Thomas Built to hold 2 tech training events
March 3, 2014
The school bus OEM will conduct its Thomas Built Institute in Greensboro, N.C., in April and in Dallas in September. Company officials say that the training will enhance bus technician skills and complement school bus maintenance programs.
Heavy snow forces closure of bus garage
February 27, 2014
Forest Lake Area Schools officials cite structural concerns since the garage, a pole barn that was built in 1961, has broken beams. It was being used to house 25 of the district’s vehicles and is expected to be torn down.
Average diesel price back up over $4 per gallon
February 26, 2014
The average on-highway price for diesel in the U.S. rises to $4.017, according to new federal data. It is the first time since March 2013 that the national average has been above $4 per gallon.
Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

New wheel lift simplifies heavy-duty wheel removal
February 20, 2014
Rotary Lift’s MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 pounds, company officials say. The lift’s arms are spaced wide enough to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires, and it is capable of dually holding wheels, according to the company.
Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.
A/c units keep current with cooling needs
February 13, 2014

Trends in school bus air-conditioning systems include increased demand for bulkhead evaporators and rooftop units, officials say. Here’s a look at key features in the latest cooling technology.

Rotary Lift unveils new lighting options
February 11, 2014
Tech Lights, the supplier’s new series of LED shop lights, come with magnetic mounting clips. Three options are available: the two-post lift kit, the four-post lift kit, and the hand-held single shop light.
Cooperative helps districts save money, time
February 6, 2014

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

TRP launches new website
February 5, 2014
Officials say the user friendly site provides truck and bus fleet operators with a searchable online catalog and detailed information on its full line of all-makes aftermarket parts. Visitors can search parts by keyword, category or part number.
Mohawk Lifts launches new blog
February 4, 2014
The posts feature industry experts who will cover auto lift news, garage equipment reviews, vehicle lift safety, common auto lift questions and more. The blog is designed to be a resource for individuals researching lifts for their home garages, owners of general repair shops, and fleet managers.
Fuel treatment solution becomes more widely available
January 30, 2014
K100 Fuel Treatment is designed to remove water, gums and varnishes from fuels, for better mileage and acceleration. As Kinetic Fuel Technology expands its distribution network internationally, the treatment solution is more widely available.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
TV program shows school bus manufacturing process
January 22, 2014
An episode of "How It's Made" explains key steps in the building of a school bus. The show was shot over a two-day period at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla.
Arsenault adds audit option to fleet management software
January 21, 2014
The new feature in Dossier enables management to see not just what was done to a vehicle, but who did it, and when, company officials say. It is also designed to track any additions, changes and deletions that apply to vehicles, parts and personnel, as well as work requested, done or canceled.
UltraLED acquires LED lighting company
January 21, 2014
Texas-based UltraLED Lighting Inc. announces the asset purchase of an undisclosed, privately held LED lighting company. Officials say that the acquisition increases UltraLED Lighting’s product offerings across all fleet vehicle categories and the aftermarket 12-volt industry with more than 75 new product SKUs.
New tire mask helps refurbish wheels
January 10, 2014
The Minimizer Tire Mask kit comes with a mask that protects tires from paint and primer overspray. The mask installs on the outside of the rim, covering the tire, so the entire rim can be sprayed with a primer and paint.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2013
December 20, 2013
Here are the most popular news items posted on the SBF website this year, from a school district's bus inspection success streak to a set of PSA videos on the dangers of stop-arm running.

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