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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.
Webasto unveils new timer for engine pre-heaters
October 24, 2013
Company officials say that the SmarTemp Control fx Timer, which was on display at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show, is easy to program for repeat heating duration times. It allows up to four different timer settings per day.
Thermo King unveils HVAC solutions at NAPT
October 18, 2013
The supplier is showcasing its StudentAIRE line, which is designed to be compact and affordable for school bus operators, manufacturers and dealers. The line, which will be featured at the Thermo King booth during the trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday, includes a high performance air-conditioning system requiring minimal space; a bulkhead evaporator for small to mid-size school bus applications; and two split air-conditioning systems.
New mobile column technology offers flexible lift system
October 17, 2013
MAHA USA’s new, redesigned MCL family of ball-screw-powered, wireless mobile column lifts are engineered to accelerate the velocity of maintenance activities by providing a flexible vehicle lifting system that creates a more open, productive and accessible work space, according to the company.
Car renovator to restore rare vintage school bus
October 15, 2013
Rich Willard, owner of Vintage Motorcars, a restoration business, is restoring a circa 1948 Nash school bus for a Paris-based collector of Nash vehicles. The project, Willard’s first bus restoration, likely will take more than 3,000 man hours to complete and will cost in the $150,000 range.
New tool helps lift big tires
October 14, 2013
The Tire Lifter is designed to make it easier for one person to lift heavy tire and wheel assemblies from horizontal to vertical. The tool can be used to lift mounted 22.5 and 24.5 single tires and 300-lb. super single tires.
IC Bus builds 1st CE school buses with Cummins ISB
October 8, 2013
The manufacturer is now taking orders for its CE Series school bus with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. The CE Series now offers a selection of three mid-range diesel engines: the MaxxForce 7, MaxxForce DT and Cummins ISB6.7.
Espar unveils heater kits for school buses
October 8, 2013
The E-Guardian PLUS Series heater kits include new features that improve heater efficiency and performance. The series package also includes Espar’s Multi-Max controller with a set of PC-programmable features, allowing management to select holiday and vacation days as much as one year in advance, and ambient temperature sensing to prevent heaters from running in warmer mornings.
Cummins offers new 5-liter V8 diesel
October 7, 2013
The engine manufacturer holds a press event to share details on the new ISV5.0 and to show it running in a Type C school bus and several other test vehicles. Cummins officials discuss the engine's benefits, including low total cost of ownership and quieter operation.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
New Stertil-Koni lift offers more flexibility
September 24, 2013
The ST 1085 features a lifting capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column and is equipped with extra-long adjustable pick-up forks of 14 inches, making it well suited to safely raise all types of vehicles, including those with super single tires, according to the company. The lift also features a system that makes it possible to operate columns individually, in pairs or as a complete set with the touch of a single button.
New financing options available for tire pressure monitoring tech
September 19, 2013
Advantage PressurePro, a supplier of commercial tire pressure monitoring systems and technologies, partners with Marlin Equipment Finance to bring Marlin’s line of financing options directly to PressurePro customers.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions focuses on quality
September 16, 2013
The company’s product line includes remanufactured gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials, which can be used for school buses, along with diesel fuel and air system components. Jasper’s production system is designed to provide consistent procedures for a quality product, and reduction of waste is also important to the company.
New training courses cover natural gas vehicle maintenance
September 10, 2013
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute officials say that the new courses prepare technicians to perform maintenance, diagnostics and repair of natural gas vehicles. The heavy-duty course has major emphasis on Cummins ISL G-equipped vehicles.
3rd school bus inspector hired in Iowa
September 5, 2013
The addition of a third inspector was enabled by recent legislative approval to increase the state school bus inspection fee from $28 to $40 per vehicle. Tom Simpson, previously the transportation director for Humboldt (Iowa) Community School District, is appointed to the new inspector position.
Navistar adds Cummins ISB engine for school buses, trucks
September 3, 2013
IC Bus CE Series school buses and International DuraStar trucks with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine will be Navistar's first medium-duty vehicles with selective catalytic reduction emissions aftertreatment.
Hydrotex issues tips to prevent fuel problems in winter
August 30, 2013
The company, which manufactures and distributes high-performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions, says that annual fuel tank inspections can help in diagnosing any potential problems, such as water contamination, biological growth and sediment that might be present in the tanks. Hydrotex also says that treating fuel with a winterizing additive can minimize problems.
TRP offers aftermarket HVAC parts for buses
August 22, 2013
TRP’s line of HVAC replacement parts includes condensers, compressors, heater cores, receiver dryers, blower motors and air compressor clutches. They are available for all makes of buses and trucks.

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