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March 2010 Issue


Top Shops 2010

By SBF 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.

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.

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.

Finding tires that are right for your operation

Industry professionals offer tips on how to select the best tires for a fleet of buses and discuss the value of running tests to help determine which tires are well suited for an operation's needs.

Tire Maintenance Best Practices

Officials at tire companies, along with technicians, say that checking for proper inflation, axle alignment and tread depth helps keep tires in good condition. They also provide tips on mounting, inspection, repair and replacement.

Contractor Roundtable: The Current Business Climate

School bus contractors offer insights on the advantages of contracting in the current economic climate as well as the impact of state and national regulatory issues.

Editorials

Laws of common sense

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

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.

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.

Rough road ahead?

We found from speaking with executives at school bus contractor companies featured in the March issue's contractor roundtable that competition is "brutal" and prices being quoted are lower now than ever before.  

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