Maintenance

Reduce Costs by Choosing Clean-Diesel Over Alternative Fuels

It's an ongoing debate: which fuel type provides the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to school bus fleets. Opinions abound on all sides of the matter. A gasoline-powered bus has a low initial purchase price, so it must have the lowest TCO. Propane fuel costs much less than clean-diesel, so a propane-powered bus must have the lowest total cost of ownership. And compressed natural gas (CNG) buses have a high initial purchase price, but advocates contend that after the initial cost is recouped, the savings on CNG fuel contribute to a low total cost of ownership. 

GPS Technology Targets School Bus Speeding

MAGTEC, a fleet management and tracking firm, conducted a recent pilot test in Canada that showed the power of GPS over other solutions (cameras, alerts and speed limiters) can help prevent school bus tragedies like the one in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

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Preliminary Report Inconclusive on Iowa School Bus Fire

The National Transportation Safety Board said investigators still do not know why a 74-year-old school bus driver and a 16-year-old student in Iowa were unable to evacuate the vehicle after a fire started in the engine compartment last month.

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Wiring to Blame in North Carolina School Bus Fires

Checks on all North Carolina school buses are recommended as an investigation concludes that engine wiring was the cause in two school bus fires in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district last year. 

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Make the Repairs Fit the Numbers

School bus fleet maintenance managers face challenges in trying to control costs that continue to rise sometimes as much as four times a year. 

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'Continuous Recess' Technology in Inground Heavy-Duty Piston Lift Showcased in New Stertil-Koni Video

STEVENSVILLE, Md. – To dramatically present the safety and performance delivered by an industry first in inground piston lifts in North America – a technology known as “Continuous Recess” – Stertil-Koni, the leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, recently filmed and produced a video that clearly shows how it works on the company’s highly acclaimed DIAMONDLIFT – a popular state-of-the-art high pressure, low-volume telescopic piston lift.