School Bus Sales See Another Increase in 2017

Thomas McMahon
Posted on December 14, 2017
The 2017 total of 44,389 new school buses sold was the highest mark in more than 10 years.
The 2017 total of 44,389 new school buses sold was the highest mark in more than 10 years.

North American school bus sales have grown for the sixth year in a row, School Bus Fleet research has found.

In the 2017 sales year (Nov. 1, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2017), a total of 44,389 new school buses were purchased in the U.S. and Canada. That’s up 8.5% from the 2016 total of 40,925 units.

This year’s tally of 44,389 school buses sold is the highest mark for the industry in more than 10 years.

Nearly three-fourths (72%) of the school buses sold in 2017 were Type Cs, which are also known as conventionals. Type As (small school buses) accounted for 18%, and the other 10% were Type Ds (transit-style school buses).

Looking just at the U.S., school bus sales rose for all types (A, C, and D). The U.S. total of 39,790 units sold in 2017 was an increase of 9.8% compared to 2016.

In Canada, school bus sales took a slight dip in the 2017 sales year. The Canadian total of 4,599 units sold was down 1.8% from 2016.

More school bus sales data and other pupil transportation statistics will be published in School Bus Fleet’s upcoming 2018 Fact Book.

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Denis Gallagher

     | about 11 months ago

    Congratulations to all of the manufacturers as this is the first year in a long time where new sales have actually not aged the fleets across North America. With an estimated 500,000 school vehicles on the road in an average twelve year life cycle 41,600 should be replaced. And that assumes no growth. Let’s get more efficient with data on student riders, use of real time dynamic routing and we can lower costs with less vehicles, less demand for drivers, less fuel and emissions. Newer vehicles and technology will drive better performance, lower costs and are great for driver retention.

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