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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.
District opts to lease buses
August 20, 2013
The town of Scituate in Massachusetts plans to lease three new buses this year for Scituate Public Schools instead of buying one new bus. The plan is an effort to accommodate competing costs in the district’s budget and supplement an aging fleet.
Rotary’s lifts meet new certification standard
August 7, 2013
All of the company’s vehicle lifts currently certified by the Automotive Lift Institute have been recertified to meet the newest ANSI standard covering lift design, construction and testing in North America, ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011, which is an update to ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006. In order to be ALI certified, a lift must be third-party tested by an independent testing lab to verify that it meets the current standards.
Tire pressure equalizer can inflate multiple tires
August 5, 2013
The IPA Mobile Tire Pressure Equalizer can accurately read tire pressure and inflate up to five tires at the same time. Company officials say accurate tire pressure can help in achieving the best fuel economy and tread life possible.
Shop pop quiz: commonly missed issues
July 18, 2013

The following questions cover commonly missed issues in school bus maintenance. For the budget-minded director or fleet manager, making sure that technicians get these types of items right the first time is important in keeping costs down.

TireStamp offers customizable tire, wheel maintenance program
July 17, 2013
Company officials say the program incorporates the latest industry recommended practices and procedures for maintaining commercial truck and bus tires and wheels. Each program will fit a fleet’s specific operations, outsourced tire maintenance and product preferences.
Winners named in Texas ‘Best Technicians’ contest
July 15, 2013
Twenty-six school bus mechanics competed for top spots in the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians’ Texas Best Technicians Competition. First place in the inspector division went to Kevin Vollweiler of Frisco Independent School District. Allen Wilcox of Denton Independent School District took first place in the technician division.
Portal gives public access to Indiana bus inspection records
July 15, 2013
With the new Indiana State Police web portal, parents and others can easily retrieve up-to-date information from the agency's school bus inspections. The site contains records for more than 30,000 inspections and will automatically update within days after future inspections are conducted.
Tool compares diameter on dual-mated tires
July 11, 2013
Innovative Products of America’s Tire Comparator (Type II) provides an easy method of ensuring that mated tires are within tolerance, helping to ensure better fuel economy and longer tread life, officials say. To use the tool, fleet professionals can hold it against the tire and slide it across the tread for a pass/fail result.
Rotary Lift unveils four-post alignment lift
July 2, 2013
The new AR18 is designed to adapt to meet the needs of independent repair shops and mixed fleets, among others. The lift features two stainless steel turning radius gauges for use when performing alignments and is compatible with all brands and types of alignment instrumentation, according to the supplier.
Thomas Built tool calculates total cost of ownership
July 1, 2013
The manufacturer's new calculator, available through the Thomas Built dealer network, can measure the current total cost of ownership for fleets with any brand of buses.
Iowa school bus tech takes state title
June 19, 2013
Kevin Settle of Western Dubuque Community School District wins Iowa's fifth annual "Best of the Best" competition for school bus technicians. He advances to this year's national competition, to be held in Seattle in September.
TRP offers new line of school bus seat covers
June 17, 2013
The new seat covers give school districts a durable replacement option when maintaining their bus fleets, according to TRP. The line includes a hook-and-loop option for quick installation.
NRS system designed to help brake pads last longer
June 12, 2013
Nucap's NRS mechanical attachment system for brake pad backing plates has hundreds of hooks that create a permanent bond with the friction material. According to the company, this mechanical attachment technology holds the friction material better than any adhesive bond.
Terry Ruddick named Fleet Person of the Year in Colorado
June 6, 2013
The fleet manager at Thompson School District wins the award from the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. He credits his colleagues in the district’s transportation department, saying, “If it wasn't for the people around me doing their jobs so well, then I couldn't do the job that I do.”
Webinar to offer safe lift management tips
May 28, 2013
The free web seminar, “Lifting Your Vehicles Correctly and Safely,” will be presented by SCHOOL BUS FLEET, METRO Magazine and Rotary Lift on June 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. Topics to be discussed will include proper methodology for lifting every type of heavy-duty bus or truck and how to keep lifts in tip-top shape through inspection and maintenance.
Colorado’s David Anderson added to SBF advisory board
May 22, 2013
Anderson, the director of transportation and fleet service at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, joins eight other industry luminaries on the SCHOOL BUS FLEET editorial advisory board, which provides vital input for the magazine and website.

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