School Bus Fleet Magazine - March 2014

COVER STORY

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations

By Kelly Aguinaldo

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

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Mutual Respect Strengthens Driver-Technician Relations

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees.  In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions.  Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

School Bus Tech Pay Rises 3%

SBF's Maintenance Survey finds an average starting wage for school bus technicians of $17.54 per hour, up from $17.04 last year.  Respodents also report an average fleet age of nine years.

How To Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space, Part 1

Manipulating time and space to optimize system design sets a foundation for efficiency in special-education transportation.  Here is an introduction to the concept - and three examples in which its application could have saved countless dollars.

5 Ways to Gain Support from School Boards

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service ust show board members its value.  District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Vehicle Lifts that Promote Shop Safety, Productivity

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient than ever, manufacturers say.

6 New Products to Streamline the School Bus Stop

Offerings help make cleaning and refurbishment easier, boost fuel efficiency, and organize jobs and tasks.

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