School Bus Fleet

July 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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industry news 11 J U L Y 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T STRONGER THAN ALL OTHER RETRACTORS The QRT-360 utilizes innovative energy management designs and material technologies to deliver the system's full strength for maximum load capacity Thinking Beyond Safety Energy-absorbing steel frame, new high strength webbing Fine-adjust self tensioning from 25 high-strength teeth QRT-360 retractors achieve a surrogate wheelchair rating that meets the requirements of WC18 Re-engineered Positive Locking Interface contributes to the system's ability to secure extremely heavy loads Meets the Requirements of WC18 and is compatible with WC19 Wheelchairs District sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations In two years, illegal passing of Marietta (Ga.) City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations. WEB Exclusive News Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Hel- ens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," ac- cording to the Washington State Patrol. VIDEO: Truck passes bus on right, barely misses girl Authorities said a semi truck illegally passed a stopped school bus on May 30, nearly hitting a young stu- dent near Paynesville, Minn. The Minnesota State Patrol released this bus camera footage of the incident. The girl was not injured. Converted electric school bus debuts In a new pilot project, Gilroy (Calif.) Unifed School District handed over an old diesel school bus and got it back as an electric school bus. In addition to the conver- sion, the district was supplied with a solar array to help generate electricity to power the bus. PHOTOS: Firefghters battle school bus blaze Check out these shots of frefghters in Mesa, Ariz., responding to a fre on a special-education bus. Offcials praised the driver for her decisive actions to keep her passengers safe. Photo by Lisa Leavell Photo by Christine Chen

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