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Cover Story - March 2010 2010

Top Shops 2010

By: <I>SBF</I> Staff

This year for our annual series, we've profiled five maintenance programs at school district and contractor fleets around the country that have led them to excel on state inspections. They have also helped to reduce the operations' costs and enhance safety.

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Laws of common sense

Sometimes we need to be protected from legislators. But sometimes they really do have our protection in mind.

What is of most importance is that you hire drivers who want to perform the job — the “Will Do” side of the applicant.

Hiring the best players

Structured interviews will reduce the incidence of unsafe behaviors and make the kids safer. In today's economy, you can be more selective about whom you hire.


Verbal Indicators of Violence

An increase in pitch while speaking, repetition and inappropriate humor are several signs of impending dangerous behavior. Stepping in when they are heard can help to prevent students from harming others.

Thomas Built's new president and CEO, Kelley Platt, most recently served as general manager of business excellence at Daimler Trucks North America.

Q&A With New President of Thomas Built Buses

School bus OEM appoints Kelley Platt as the successor of John O’Leary, who moved into a new role with Daimler Trucks North America. Platt played a pivotal role in Daimler’s acquisition of Thomas Built in ’98.


NAPT News & Views

While most of us are dealing personally or professionally with the roller coaster that is our current economy — and the school bus industry is certainly no exception — there are some who are dealing with much more.



Curb-It is a three-bollard vehicle barrier. The one-piece structure bolts onto the face of a curb and stops vehicles weighing up to 5,000 lbs.


Alert System

School Announcement’s alert system is a Web-based service that helps administrators communicate with students’ families by sending messages via phone, SMS text and e-mail.


Re-Form Oil Only Sorbents

Re-Form Oil Only Sorbents can be used to absorb oil, grease, transmission fluid, coolant and numerous other liquids.


Shure Safety Station

The Shure Safety Station can be used to store first aid supplies. It is made of heavy-duty reinforced steel and features a stainless steel top, a stainless steel chase panel and leg levelers.


Trooper TL Series DVR

The Trooper TL Series Digital Video Recorder offers up to 30 FPS per camera at 720x480 resolution, while H.264 compression enables the TL to provide increased video storage.

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