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School bus technicians who attend IC Bus University receive training in bus maintenance, engines, electrical components, vehicle lifts, transmissions and other topics.
IC Bus University session deemed a success
March 29, 2010
Sixty technicians attended the school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program in mid-March. They received instruction on such topics as engines, vehicle lifts and transmissions. Another session has been scheduled for the week of May 3.
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Free computer with Seon DVR purchase
March 29, 2010
The mobile video surveillance supplier is offering a free Dell notebook to customers who purchase 10 or more Trooper TL Series Digital Video Recorders. The offer runs until Sept. 1.
Transfinder offers updated routing software
March 29, 2010
Version 9.0 of Routefinder Pro contains features for pupil transportation personnel to optimize routes and analyze their operations to better understand current metrics. Mapping technology displays each student’s home relative to his or her morning and afternoon stops.
President Obama signs healthcare reform legislation on Tuesday. Some school bus contractors see increased costs for their businesses, while others are hoping for reduced prices in buying healthcare.
White House photo, Pete Souza
Contractors give varying outlooks on healthcare bill
March 26, 2010
Some executives at school bus companies see increased costs that they will have to pass on to the school districts they serve. Others are hoping that the price of buying healthcare will go down.
Funding will help New Mexico maintain bus routes
March 25, 2010
The state will receive $561,000 from the Indian School Bus Route program to improve roads that serve as school bus routes in this part of the Navajo Nation. The program expired last year, but a U.S. senator drafted legislation that would renew it and provide $12 million for counties in Navajo Nation over the next six years.
Deer flies through school bus windshield
March 25, 2010
The animal is struck by the bus and ends up on board. Two students are taken to the hospital with minor injuries in the bizarre accident.
IC Bus to provide chassis for Thor Industries units
March 25, 2010
Under a supply agreement, several brands of vehicles manufactured by Thor will be built on IC’s new TC Series chassis, which will be powered by MaxxForce engines featuring advanced exhaust gas recirculation emissions technology.
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Finalists named in America’s Greenest School contest
March 25, 2010
Schools in New York, California, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio made the list. The public has until April 2 to vote for the school that they believe is most deserving of the title.
New safety training offered for bus drivers
March 25, 2010
Auto Safety House and DrivingMBA are partnering to offer a program for school bus and other fleets that focuses on defensive driving using simulators and adult learning techniques.
SBF named a finalist for publishing award
March 23, 2010
The 2009 SCHOOL BUS FLEET Fact Book will contend against five other publications in the directories category of the Maggie Awards. The annual competition is for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi.
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year.
Free training set offered after spike in danger zone deaths
March 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations team up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide.
School bus innovator to retire after 59-year career
March 23, 2010
Jack Parsons helped shape the school transportation industry in California and the rest of the country by thinking, experimenting and studying what was and asking what could be, according to A-Z Bus Sales.
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Bill would aid in funding bus refurbishments
March 22, 2010
New legislation would allow Georgia school districts to refurbish existing units using state funding for purchasing new buses. Renovations would have to be completed by a school bus manufacturer or dealer.
The effort to create a federally-funded program to promote school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on. A letter outlining the plan will be sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next Friday.
More support needed for school bus campaign
March 19, 2010
The effort to create a federally-funded program to promote school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on. A letter outlining the plan will be sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next Friday.
Espar school bus heaters get extended warranty
March 19, 2010
Extended service coverage is available to school bus customers at no charge. Company says the move is made in light of current economic pressures.
Experts to discuss seat belts for school buses
March 19, 2010
During DATTCO's expo in April, industry officials and others will focus on an overview of safety data, seat belt options, usage statistics, compliance and enforcement issues, costs and trends in legislation.
Emergency response expert offers school bus in-service
March 18, 2010
In the two-hour presentation, attendees learn what can be done prior to an emergency, what to expect from emergency responders, and what they can do to help emergency responders and start preparing for the "never-happen-to-us" emergency.
Thomas Built to deliver SCR-equipped buses to Durham
March 17, 2010
The school bus manufacturer in May will begin filling an order from the contractor for 288 Saf-T-Liner EF units. Along with a redesigned cockpit, the bus features a Cummins engine with selective catalytic reduction technology to meet EPA emissions requirements.
Blue Bird presents at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 17, 2010
Company officials spoke to attendees about the Propane-Powered Vision Type C school and activity bus, noting that the 77-passenger unit meets and exceeds all federal and Canadian motor vehicle safety standards and yields lower fuel, maintenance and operating costs.
Footage from an onboard recorder shows a school bus turning into the path of an oncoming car. The bus driver was charged with homicide by vehicle in the crash, which killed the passenger of the car and injured others.
Bus driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide
March 16, 2010
District attorney says Pennsylvania school bus driver was driving “in an extremely reckless manner” when his bus struck a car, killing the passenger. The driver was also reportedly responsible for a non-bus related fatal crash in 1999. Watch footage from the February incident here.

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