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Mechanic injured while working on school bus, later dies
December 17, 2012
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that John Friedas Joaquin Jr. was on an interstate repairing the disabled bus when a vehicle lost control and struck the rear of the bus, pinning Joaquin in the engine compartment. He is transported to a hospital where he undergoes surgery, but he ultimately passes away due to extensive blood loss from his injuries.
Ore. state director Steven Huillet to retire
November 30, 2012
During his tenure at the Oregon Department of Education, Huillet has worked on key developments to enhance school bus maintenance and safety, including a certification program for technicians to conduct annual inspections.
Alarm aims to prevent bus rolling incidents
November 28, 2012
After incidents in which school buses rolled away when drivers failed to engage the parking brake, an Indiana school district and a bus dealership collaborate on a solution. The system warns drivers if they have unfastened their seat belt without engaging the air brake parking system.
New program certifies vehicle lift inspectors
November 27, 2012
The Automotive Lift Institute calls it “the world’s first third-party vehicle lift inspector certification program.” A kick-off event includes a surprise appearance by NASCAR champion Richard Petty.
Many recalled school buses haven't been fixed
November 20, 2012
About 250,000 school buses recalled from 2005 to 2010 have yet to be remedied, according to NHTSA officials. The average completion rate of mature recalls for school buses during that time period is 65%, which is lower than the completion rate for other vehicles, 68%.
Thomas Built launches corrosion protection treatments
November 15, 2012
The school bus OEM’s new FleetShield, for the Saf-T-Liner C2, includes three different treatments to shield specific vehicle parts that are particularly susceptible to corrosion and weather damage.
Bosch releases updated part finder app
November 5, 2012
The app enables technicians to locate a Bosch part for their vehicles, and it adds alternators and water pumps to the existing product lines that are already part of the app, including spark plugs, wiper blades, oxygen sensors, fuel pumps and battery chargers. The updated app can be downloaded from the App store for iPhones and iPads, and it will soon be available from the Amazon store for the Kindle Fire and Google Play for Android phones.
Cummins announces 2013 school bus engine lineup
October 23, 2012
The diesel options are the ISB6.7 and ISL9, which feature onboard diagnostics and the Cummins Aftertreatment System, which integrates a diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine features a passive Three-Way Catalyst aftertreatment system.
New Zonar tablet targets fleet inspection, efficiency
October 23, 2012
At the trade show on Tuesday, Zonar reveals its 2020 telematics tablet, which officials say is the first portable device to provide electronic inspection, hours-of-service, instant driver feedback, fuel efficiency, two-way messaging and advanced navigation in an open platform that allows fleets to integrate other systems and customize its use.
TRP offers LED lighting for school buses
October 19, 2012
Company officials say the circuitry on TRP LEDs uses 85% less electrical power than equivalent incandescent lamps, so bus operators and school district maintenance shops can add additional lights on or in buses without overtaxing the electrical system. The lights come in a variety of colors and can be fitted on or in buses made by most manufacturers.
Photos, more details on America's Best competition
October 17, 2012
To view a variety of shots from the school bus technician and inspector event, see our new photo gallery. Officials say that the event, which this year drew 31 competitors from 19 states, continues to grow.
Mohawk’s mobile lifts feature touchscreen control
October 16, 2012
The 7-inch color screen shows the total weight being raised by all columns and the number of cycles per technician. It also offers password protection, shows remaining battery life, and is customizable to show a bus, fire engine or dump truck.
Blue Bird reveals factory training dates for 2013
October 9, 2012
Workshop topics include recent product changes, such as the dual-zone multiplex system and 2013 emissions standards compliance. Attendees also gain product assembly familiarity with a factory tour.
Repeat wins for America's Best bus tech, inspector
October 2, 2012
Alan Fidler of Indiana's Tippecanoe School Corp. takes first in the 2012 national school bus technician competition. Jack Defibaugh of Greenbrier County (W.Va.) Schools wins the inspector competition. Both were also named America's Best in last year's event.
New tire pressure monitoring system offered for Thomas Built Buses
September 27, 2012
Daimler Trucks North America launches new tire performance monitoring technology as an aftermarket option for Thomas Built, Freightliner and Western Star commercial vehicles. Company officials say that the system allows for real-time monitoring for better fuel economy and safety.
Goodyear technology targets improved tire performance
September 20, 2012
Officials say the Air Maintenance Technology application allows tires to maintain constant, optimum pressure without the use of external pumps, electronics and driver intervention. Along with improved performance, proper tire inflation can result in better fuel economy and longer tread life, according to the company.
Thermo King to unveil new evaporator at BusCon
September 11, 2012
The company's new BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator ensures passenger comfort in vehicles where headroom clearance is an issue, officials say. It can be mounted in the front, rear or both bulkhead areas of a school bus.
Bus camera is compact, vibration resistant
September 4, 2012
Moxa Americas Inc.’s VPort P06-1MP-M12 IP surveillance cameras feature an operating temperature of minus 40 to 75 degrees C, vibration-resistant M12 connectors and a vandal-resistant housing.
Bosch releases Android part finder app
August 30, 2012
Users can search for parts by entering the vehicle year, make and model, or the Bosch part number into the app on their phone or tablet. The app is available for download from the Amazon app store or from Google Play.
National Express names new field maintenance VP
August 29, 2012
Jim Cade brings 35 years of experience in maintenance management to his new role, which he started Aug. 13. As vice president of field maintenance, he is responsible for ensuring the integrity, safety and reliability of a fleet of more than 20,000 buses.

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