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<p>Winner: Scott Goble, director of transportation at Canandaigua (N.Y.) City School District. Goble notes that this excited young lady is clearly a fan of Cinderella, who is depicted on the school bus identification sign.</p> PHOTOS: 2015 Photo Contest

Check out the top shots in the 11th edition of School Bus Fleet's Photo Contest. Readers...

<p>The 65th edition of the annual Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) was held July 12-15 at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center. In the background is the baseball stadium where the Texas Rangers play.</p> PHOTOS: Highlights from Southeastern States

Take a look at the workshops, trade show and cowboy-themed banquet at the 2015 Southeastern...

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Helping parents understand the world of the school bus

There is substantial emphasis on making sure students know the rules for boarding and riding the bus, and rightly so, but what about for parents?

Motorcoach crash recalls lessons of Carrollton bus fire

In the fatal 2014 truck-motorcoach collision in California, NTSB found that there were difficulties in evacuating from the flame-engulfed motorcoach. That and other details are similar to the 1988 Carrollton bus disaster.

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Light mast

The five stage telescoping steel light mast with electric winch is designed to quickly and safely deploy 1,600 watts of intense LED lighting in locations where elevated illumination is needed, company officials said. The mast is equipped with four 400 watt LED lamps that produce a wide spread of white light, allowing the unit to effectively cover large work areas. The mast can be extended to 30 feet for maximum coverage, collapsed to 8.83 feet and is constructed of square steel tubing in different dimensions for each section.

Wheel-nut indicator

Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator that can help operators identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection, according to the company.

When wheel nuts are properly torqued to specs, the Wheel-Checks are then placed on the wheel nuts in a uniformed pattern. Once a wheel nut has loosened, the Wheel-Check will become out of sequence and will be visible when the driver does his or her walk-around check.  

Wheel-Check is engineered to reduce the risk of wheel detachment accidents, lower maintenance costs by eliminating unnecessary re-torquing, and quickly identify a hot wheel possibly caused by bearing failure or brake drag, according to the company.                              

Rotary latch

Southco’s newest rotary latch, the R4-10, is available in single and two-stage options, and features an integrated rubber bumper that eliminates noise and vibration caused by normal operation, company officials said.

The R4-10 features a design that traps the striker between a rubber bumper and rotor. Without extra clearance or room to move, any noise potential that could be caused by metal-on-metal movement or vibration is eliminated, according to the company. While both the single and two-stage options provide secure latching, the two-stage option is designed specifically to prevent false latching conditions.

Cummins engine app

Cummins has released an Android version of its free QuickServe Online (QSOL) mobile app. The QSOL app provides on-the-go access to Cummins parts options, parts catalogs and engine dataplate information for 15 million Cummins engine serial numbers.
The app also includes a fault code analyzer for Cummins electronic engines, providing specific fault code details and analysis, such as an explanation of current fault codes, which fault codes are dependent on other fault codes, and which fault code to fix first.
A feedback button in the app’s settings menu enables users to submit general feedback, ask questions and suggest enhancements. Cummins officials said that the app is continuously updated with the latest Cummins parts and service information.

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School Bus Songs: 'School Bus Shuffle'

In this classic production from Houston Independent School District, transportation staff and students promote proper procedures for riding the school bus safely. For details on the making of the video, go here.

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