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<p>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a clown bus. John Devine, owner of North Suburban Transportation in Woburn, Massachusetts, is seen here driving the company&rsquo;s whimsical vehicle in the local Halloween parade. As noted on the side of the bus, the seating capacity is &ldquo;1 Clown,&rdquo; who is pictured in the rear window.</p> PHOTOS: School bus oddities

From a clown bus to a stop-arm-equipped motorcycle, take a look through this collection of...

<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...

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Q&A: Factors to consider before switching to propane

School transportation providers should not only review upfront costs associated with new bus acquisitions, infrastructure and fuel costs, but also true total cost of ownership, maintenance requirements and impact on the community.

Separating boys and girls on the school bus

In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given autonomy to decide how to seat their passengers. ...


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Battery grip device

The K-1320 Battery Grip features textured grippers that clamp onto batteries with a powerful, controlled squeeze, according to the company. Kiene officials also said that the device's compact design enables it to fit into tight spots, and its ergonomic handle provides for comfortable lifting and transporting of batteries.

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.

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VIDEO: Mom blogger's parody video promotes school bus safety

Deva Dalporto partnered with American Traffic Solutions to release a back-to-school safety video titled "Bus, Don’t Move,” sung to the tune of Young MC’s “Bust a Move.” The spoof spotlights the need for parents and drivers to be careful in school zones and around school buses.

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