School Bus Fleet

October 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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63 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T Your Safe Seating Specialists Distributors For: E-Z-ON Safety/Max Vests Cam Harnesses BESI Pro Tech III Universal/Moore Vests Over the Shoulder Harnesses Q'STRAINT/SURE-LOK Wheelchair Occupant Restraint Systems SPECIALISTS IN: All Seat Covers and Foam Special Needs Seating 3 Point/Integrated Bus Seats 1.800.543.0575 l 10939B Reed Hartman Hwy. l Cincinnati, OH Solar-powered solution extends school bus battery life PulseTech Products' solar-powered solution continually charges, maintains and signifcantly extends the normal lifecycles of 12-volt and 24-volt batteries, company offcials said. Multiple school systems and commercial feet opera- tors have partnered with PulseTech to install solar products designed for any 12-volt or 24-volt battery — available in several versions. A popular choice is the SP-5, which pro- vides a full 5 watts of power in a compact, durable solar panel, according to the company. It offers clean, renewable energy for vehicles that are stored outside and unable to hook up to outlets. The SP-5 replaces the power loss from electrical ac- cessories that occurs even when the ignition is turned off, and its patented Pulse Technol- ogy removes damaging sulfate crystals from the battery plates, company offcials said. PulseTech Products Child-check safety kit designed as driver reminder The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. MSBOA offcials said that the Driver's Child Check Safety Kit was designed to be a "constant reminder" for school bus drivers to do a complete post-trip inspection. The kit includes nine different posters to display in the driv- ers' room. The posters feature slogans like "All Clear — No Kids Here" and "Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection." Also in the kit is a set of wristbands with a safety message for drivers to wear. Minnesota School Bus Operators Association

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