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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.
Automotive Lift Institute names new board member
December 20, 2013
The institute's board of directors, historically composed solely of lift manufacturers, will include a representative from the lift inspection side of the business for the first time in 2014: Evan Calarco of Total Tool Ltd.
Jasper offers remanufactured turbochargers
December 3, 2013
The company is offering a line of remanufactured BorgWarner, Garrett and Holset turbochargers. Officials say that Jasper has more than 100 different stock numbers on hand, including turbos for popular diesel units such as the Ford/International 6.0L, 7.3L Powerstroke, Cummins ISB and Caterpillar engines.
Bus vandalism incident delays service
November 26, 2013
Thirty-five buses in New Hanover County (N.C.) Schools’ Laney Bus Garage were vandalized over the weekend, delaying many bus pickups on Monday. The estimated cost of damage is between $14,000 and $18,000, including labor costs.
Zonar promotes 2 to VP roles
November 22, 2013
At the fleet management technology company, Fred Fakkema is now vice president of compliance, and Tony Bezilla is now vice president of product management. Zonar officials say that the promotions reflect the company's rapid growth and anticipation of future expansion.
Webasto: Test results show benefits of pre-heated engines
November 19, 2013
An independent emissions testing lab recently tested the effects of a Webasto coolant heater on the emissions performance of a diesel engine. Emissions data show that the start-up temperature has a significant effect on the engine emissions and overall performance of diesel particulate filters.
7 districts win grants from NAPT, Zonar
November 14, 2013
School districts from New Jersey to California have been selected to receive grants for school bus security, safety and efficiency equipment from Zonar. The districts were recognized at the recent NAPT Summit.
Online vehicle lift safety course available in 2014
November 7, 2013
The Automotive Lift Institute is partnering with dealer services provider KPA to produce and deliver the program. “Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition” covers the wide variety of lift types used in professional vehicle service and repair shops, the lifting and lowering process, and the importance of planned lift maintenance performed by a qualified professional.
Tyler Technologies unveils cloud-based management tool
October 29, 2013
Traversa is a suite of transportation applications in one system. Providing a touch-screen interface, it gives users a total view of their operations and allows them to make real-time adjustments to bus routing, trip and activity management, work orders and fleet maintenance.
GM honors Espar for supplier quality
October 29, 2013
Espar Climate Control Systems is named a recipient of the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Espar manufactures fuel-operated heaters and other products for a variety of mobile applications, including school buses.

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