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<p>June 1966</p> PHOTOS: Vintage ads from the SBF archives, Part 2

Take a trip back to another era of pupil transportation with these classic ads from past issues...

<p>On Feb. 11, North Carolina held statewide Love the Bus celebrations. An event sponsored by HSM was attended by State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson. Shown here are bus drivers from Benson Elementary School in Johnston County Schools.</p> PHOTOS: Love the Bus 2015

Here, we share highlights from Love the Bus celebrations held earlier this month across the U.S.,...

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Home-side stops should be goal, not mandate

Legislators have recently proposed bills that would require school buses to pick up and drop off students on the side of the road that they live on. That may sound good on paper, but in practice it would drive up transportation costs and bus ride times.

Proposed driver health funding cuts under fire

The Georgia governor’s proposed plan to cut health benefits for part-time school bus drivers fired up many of our readers, and they let us know. Some state legislators aren’t on board, either.


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Pre-trip inspection module

InterMotive’s new pre-trip inspection module is designed to automatically turn on and off all chassis-controlled exterior lights, including brake and reverse lights. Company officials said that this enables a solo operator to quickly and thoroughly confirm that all lights are working properly before starting a trip. According to InterMotive, automating the light inspection process for a single individual saves the fleet money by spending less time checking lights while ensuring that every light operation is activated. The module has applications for Ford and General Motors chassis.

Vinyl flooring

G-Floor Transit is an American-made vinyl floor product categorized into Simply Solid, Premium Image and Designer Custom for all transit flooring design preferences, company officials said. The floor covering is designed to be produced in a format of up to 10-foot widths. This width decreases the use of seams, allowing for simpler installation, and allows full coverage to protect the subfloor and create a safer and more sanitary transportation environment.

DEF transfer system

Innovative Products of America’s DEF Transfer System is constructed of all DEF-rated components with corrosion-resistant fittings for a long-term transfer solution, company officials said. The system is powered by a rotary diaphragm pump (9 GPM 120V/AC), and it includes 6-foot intake and 8-foot output hoses, a digital flow meter and manual nozzle with an integrated holster and hanging bracket.  

Convection heater

The GR-7 baseboard convection heater is engineered to provide more even heat distribution versus floor heaters with blowers that can have hot and cold spots, company officials said. Additionally, no blower noise is created and no wiring is required. By installing the baseboard heaters on the outside walls of the bus, the rising warm air also helps to clear the school bus side windows, according to the company.

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