The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides usefual data to help school transportation operators track recent recalls and compliance tests for certain vehicles and related components to keep school buses operating in the best shape possible. These links are below as are links to bus testing facilities and labs
NHTSA Technical Service Bulletin Database: Using a "drill down" search method, users may select the type of search (child seats, tires, equipment, or vehicles) then choose a year from the drop-down list. The query returns a list of Makes for a chosen type and year, etc. Includes Technical Service Bulletins for some school bus models.
NHTSA Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance: This database allows users to search for vehicles that have been compliance tested to federal motor vehicle safety standards. Uses a "drill down" search method to identify for FVMSS, or by year, make and model. Includes several school bus brands.
NHTSA Recall Campaigns Database: Using a "drill down" search method, users may select the type of search (vehicle, child seats, tires, or equipment) then choose a year from the drop-down list. The query returns a list of Makes for a chosen type and year, etc. Includes some school bus models. Identifies number of units recalled, NHTSA Campaign ID number and component that was recalled.
Bus and Component Testing
Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts of LED Lighting Products Part 2: LED Manufacturing and Performance:
U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest
Study of the environmental effects of LED manufacturing and usage. The report claimed that LEDs are "substantially more environmentally friendly" than incandescent lights and consume five times less electricity.
School Bus Preventative Maintenance: Instruction Manual for School Bus Fleets (2nd Edition)
An overview of the manual that covers such topics as: basic procedures, creating a PM schedule, PM intervals, annual PM, training the technician, documenting processes, and analyzing data.
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