Contractors Focus on Cutting Costs, Driver Recruitment
Nearly three-fourths of respondents to this year's survey report that performing most bus maintenance in house has yielded cost savings, and 60% say that route reorganization has helped. With a large proportion of companies reporting some degree of bus driver shortage, recruitment is a prioriity, and 37% of those surveyed say that advertising is most effective.
Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.
Q&A: McKenney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the "backbone of the industry" and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.
Top 50: Big Changes for Big Fleets
There are 6,619 fewer buses in this year's Top 50 Contractors ranking compared to 2013, but of the companies returning to the list, 52% report growth in their fleets, up from 43% the previous year. The top five contractors change for the first time in three years, and four new companies join the group.
What's New in the Top 50
The latest developments related to several of this year's largest school bus contractors.
Mirrors: Enhancing Safety From All Angles
Companies that manufacture rearview mirrors and other products equipped with mirrors focus on improving the driver's view inside the bus, around the back of the bus, and the driver's view of the danger zone.
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