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Cover Story - June 2012 2012

Green Fleets Across America 2012

By: <I>SBF</I> Staff

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

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Ross and White Co.’s popular combination brush and touchless system includes a wraparound brush design.

Bus washing made easy

Today’s systems include features that enable users to maintain a spotless fleet quickly, all while reducing water and energy consumption.


Integrated GPS system

Zonar and Esri have released an integrated system that helps organizations determine capacity enhancements, optimize routes and share interactive transportation maps on the web.


BUS-WATCH system and Velvac’s Vision systems integration

Radio Engineering Industries Inc. (REI) and Velvac Inc.’s integrated solution enables users to record more viewing angles around a vehicle. It combines REI’s BUS-WATCH system, which includes a DVR, high-resolution cameras and viewing software, with Velvac’s Vision systems.



Insta Etch has released the etch2000 professional glass and metal marking system. The smartphone app is based off Android and BlackBerry operating systems and wirelessly prints a preprogrammed or user-designed stencil to a hand-held Bluetooth printer.



SuperBrakes from The Brake Man are complete pad and rotor upgrades for stock brake systems that deliver three to five times more rotor life than OE parts while increasing overall braking performance by 30%, according to the company.


LED work lamps

Philips Automotive Lighting North America has introduced a full range of LED work lamps designed specifically for automotive service shops and professional service technicians.


EvacuBlast System

The EvacuBlast System offers two steps for cleaning diesel particulate filters (DPFs). The EB-9001 DPF Cleaning Cabinet gives technicians the versatility to concentrate on cells that may need extra attention.


Warm Weather Atlas DEF Dispenser

The Atlas line of DEF dispensers will minimize the operator’s total cost of ownership by offering choices appropriate for the fleet location’s climate, according to Gasboy.


Fuel Reporting Technology for HD-GPS

Using this technology, fleets will now be able to easily identify in detail the routes and lanes over which their vehicles are most and least fuel efficient.


MP-1000 Passenger Safety Announcement Player

The MP-1000 Passenger Safety Announcement Player allows the user to customize a video and audio safety message and obtain a date and time log to verify that an announcement has been played.

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