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Bee Line offers vehicle lifts, wheel equipment
April 18, 2013
The company’s new partnership with Corghi USA provides the HD700 Tire Changer and the ET66 Wheel Balancer. Bee Line also recently partnered with PKS Equipment & Engineering to offer several types of vehicle lifts.
Blue Bird offers rack, pole tests as standard features
April 8, 2013
The manufacturer provides the Colorado Rack Test and the Kentucky Pole Test specifications — both of which pertain to structural integrity — as standard on its conventional and transit-style school buses.
4 students charged in school bus vandalism
April 8, 2013
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
Texas district invests in tech training
April 3, 2013
The training was provided for Dallas County Schools’ technicians by Hydrotex, Stewart & Stevenson and Alternator Service. Officials say Hydrotex provided training on the principles of lubrication, Stewart & Stevenson provided training on Allison transmissions and Alternator Service provided instruction on a battery and charging system.
IC Bus offers 4 technician training sessions
April 2, 2013
The IC Bus University classes will be held from June to August at the school bus manufacturer’s plant in Tulsa, Okla. The program aims to optimize service and maintenance proficiency and to broaden technician knowledge of IC Bus products.
TRP releases new parts catalog
April 1, 2013
The TRP Bus Parts catalog includes all-makes TRP aftermarket parts for school buses, motorcoaches and transit buses, in addition to name brand parts available from manufacturers such as Meritor, Bendix, Eaton, Webb and Leece-Neville. It can be downloaded from TRP’s website in a fully illustrated electronic format.
SoundOff offers rectangular LEDs for school buses
March 21, 2013
The new LEDs are available as back-up, park/turn and stop/tail/turn lights. Company officials say that the LEDs offer enhanced light output and off-angle visibility.
New mobile column lift suited for school buses
March 19, 2013
The MCH413 is smaller than Rotary Lift’s other Mach mobile column lifts — about a foot shorter and 150 lbs. lighter — and has a rated capacity of 13,000 lbs. per column. As a result, it also has a lower price.
New school bus inspector hired in Iowa
March 15, 2013
Joe Funk takes over duties for inspecting school buses in the western region of the state. He joins inspector Verlan Vos and replaces Owen Freese, who recently retired from the position. A school bus inspection fee increase that is awaiting final approval will allow the Iowa Department of Education to hire one more inspector.
How to make the most of technician training
March 12, 2013

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

Maine school bus damaged in fire
February 21, 2013
No one is injured in the blaze, but the Portland Public Schools bus sustains an estimated $35,000 in damage. The district says that an employee was patching the bus' seats using tape, liquid vinyl and a heat gun when the fire began.
Thomas Built releases details on 2013 technician training
February 20, 2013
Thomas Built Institute sessions will be held May 7-10 in Greensboro, N.C., and July 23-26 in Reno, Nev. Topics to be covered include emissions systems, advanced electrical, coolant, maintenance and cost savings, and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.
Washington district maintains bus inspection success streak
February 19, 2013
For the 15th consecutive year, Highline Public Schools’ transportation department earns outstanding marks from the Washington State Patrol on its school bus safety inspection. Each year, the patrol conducts one scheduled inspection and one unannounced inspection.
Iowa bus inspection fee to increase, pending governor approval
February 5, 2013
The state Board of Education approves the proposal to increase the fee from $28 to $40, which will enable the state to hire an additional school bus inspector. As the change awaits approval from the office of the governor, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that “the increase is vitally important to keeping a viable school bus inspection process in the state of Iowa.”
New serviceable LED lighting line from ULTRALED
January 25, 2013
The Heavy Duty Bus Parts division offers the LED lights in single and double contact bulbs, in addition to clearance light bulbs. The new lights were field-tested at Willis (Texas) Independent School District.
Zonar to launch fleet management conference
January 17, 2013
The provider of fleet telematics, remote diagnostics and mobile onboard computing will launch THE ZONE 2013 from May 14 to 16 in San Antonio. Officials say that the fleet management conference will offer renowned industry speakers covering strategic transportation topics.
Laser vehicle spotting guide helps with proper staging
January 17, 2013
The Spotline laser from Rotary Lift projects a green line directly in the center of the bay, and the technician can then center the line on the vehicle hood and dash while pulling in for accurate positioning. A retrofit kit that’s now available enables the Spotline to be compatible with most inground and surface lifts.
American Utility Metals rebrands as Crompion Intl.
January 15, 2013
Officials say that the name change comes as the stainless steel producer works to expand its global presence and its focus on creating solutions through new services and additional metallurgists on staff. The company supplies Cromgard, a high-performance, low-nickel stainless steel, for bus manufacturing and other industries.
Cold weather puts districts’ buses out of service
January 15, 2013
Salt Lake City School District and Jordan (Utah) School District are among the school systems impacted by the low temperature on Monday. At Jordan School District, 30 buses wouldn’t start — officials say the batteries wouldn’t hold a charge and diesel fuel was gelling.
ACT offers new a/c skirt condensers
January 11, 2013
Bus air-conditioning supplier American Cooling Technology's new condensers provide a universal mounting pattern that provides flexibility to select the best bolt pattern for the specific vehicle. In other news, the company names Jason Verdier to a new position of parts sales and distribution manager.

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