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Cover Story - March 2012

Skilled techs keep fleets top-notch

By: Kelly Roher

Pupil transporters say that technicians should have a desire to learn, and they discuss methods and resources for instruction. They also say that employee communication, a strong preventive maintenance program and performance benchmarking are essential to achieving well-maintained school buses.


Bus crashes: Tough lessons learned

Why do we cover tragic accidents? Mainly because we want to share with our readers any information that could help in improving school bus safety.


NAPT News & Views — NAPT acts against violence on school buses

The association is planning to offer several workshops on violence prevention at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., later this year. Officials are reaching out to law enforcement and other agencies, legal experts and professional educators to put together an agenda packed with experts on this and other important topics.

Atlantic Express operates some buses with left-side doors along one-way streets in New York City.

2012 Contractor Showcase

In this year’s showcase, regional managers and executives for some of North America’s largest school bus contractors discuss the biggest changes they have seen in their area in recent years.

Maintaining a smaller inventory at your shop can help cut costs.Photo courtesy of Navistar

Achieving inventory efficiency

Adjusting your parts inventory to fulfill the needs of your technicians and to address the repairs that occur most will help bus maintenance and parts ordering in your shop run smoothly.


RCH4 Mobile Column Lift

The RCH4 is sold in sets of four, six or eight battery-operated columns. Each column has a rated capacity of 18,000 lbs., for total lifting capacity of up to 144,000 lbs.


Mobiclean R Diesel Particulate Filter

The mobiclean R diesel particulate filter provides emission reductions of diesel particulate matter by at least 85 percent and is designated as a California Level 3 Plus system, according to the company.



The QuadLink turns any brand 6V or 12V DC battery charger into a four-station maintenance charger.

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