School Bus Fleet Magazine - March 2013

COVER STORY

How to make the most of technician training

By Kelly Roher

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

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FEATURES

How to Make the Most of Technician Training

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees' skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

Bus Fleet Age Maintains Upward Trerd

SBF's annual Maintenance Survey finds that the average age of school bus fleets has increased over the past few years, from 8.5 years in 2009 to 9.3 years in 2013.

Contractors on School Busing Now, and What Lies Ahead

In this rountable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues - at the national and state levels - will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.

Healthcare Reform: Rules for Determining Full-Time Employees

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, large employers, such as school bus contractors, must offer affordable and minimal value healthcare insurance to full-time staffers by Jan. 1, 2014, or tax penalties will be imposed.  Guidance form several federal agencies shows when employees must be trated as full time bases on their work hours and employment timeframes, with exaples for existing and new personnel.

Horlock Points to Growth in Propane Business for Blue Bird

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order for propane school buses - more than 400 - President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the alternative fuel's potential.  The former Ford exec, now in his fourth year at Blue Bird, discusses the state of school bus sales, Blue Bird's redesigned Type Ds and the company's heritage.

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