This is the fifth acquisition for Safe Fleet, which formed in 2013. With the deal, Hadley joins Specialty Manufacturing, Transpec, Pretoria and Seon.
Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
Among changes to the state's school transportation equipment specs are requirements for remote-controlled mirrors, fluorescent seat belts for drivers, and fire block upholstery in all seating positions. Lap belts are no longer allowed on new school buses in Iowa, except for use with child seats.
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery. In addition to its left-side front and rear stop arms, the company now offers a right-side, infrared camera with a monitor on the dashboard to enhance the driver’s view of the danger zone.
Backing up school buses can be risky and dangerous, and drivers are often instructed not to reverse unless it's absolutely necessary. Backup camera systems can aid drivers in this task while also increasing safety by helping to prevent accidents.
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Both companies provide school bus mirrors and other vision solutions. Rosco's Ben Englander says that "bringing the two organizations together will create efficiencies and synergies to help keep Rosco lean in today’s competitive environment."
The driver notices the weapon in her rearview mirror and returns to a school, where police search the students. After a tip from another student, officers reportedly find the stun gun in the backpack of a 15-year-old, who now could be expelled.
The school bus manufacturer will have on view during an industry event technology available as new options for its buses, including a stop-arm camera system, a combination rearview mirror and camera system from Rosco and a danger zone alert system. In other news, the company welcomes Hoover Truck Centers to its dealer network to serve the state of New Jersey.
The Eye-Max LP Cross View Mirror System greatly improves upon the performance of the Rosco HawkEye and Mini-HawkEye cross-view mirrors, according to the company.
The bus mirror manufacturer appoints Joe Leggett to cover the Midwest region. His responsibilities will include driving revenue, developing and training the distributor and dealer network, and supporting fleet requirements.
School bus operations are being offered an easier way to check and adjust safety mirrors on buses before departure from the yard.