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Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Rear End Safety Advantages

At Thomas Built Buses and Carolina Thomas, safety is our highest priority. That’s why Thomas Built engineering and design, construction methods, technology and even customer service are guided by bus safety. And it’s why Carolina Thomas is driven by the same high standards. Together, we are the recognized school bus leader for North Carolina and in the industry, and we’re proud of that.

Over the years, the Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus has earned a reputation for innovation, durability and safety.

In this video, we’ll show you the 5-point ‘System of Safety’ that makes the rear end of the Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 the strongest and safest in the school bus industry.

Want to learn more or set up a Saf-T-Liner C2 demo? Please give us a call.


Phil Loflin
Sales Representative – East Region

Office:  (800) 440-3492 Ext. 370
Mobile:  336-692-1257
Email:  ploflin@carolinathomas.com


Roy Parks
Sales Representative – West Region
Office:  (800) 440-3492 Ext. 378
Mobile:  336-402-7878
Email:  rparks@carolinathomas.com

Introducing Mobileye Collision Avoidance & Lane Departure Detection System

As part of our continuing effort to promote school bus safety and positive driving habits, Carolina Thomas is proud to be the exclusive provider of the Mobileye Collision Avoidance and Lane Departure Detection System for North Carolina school transportation fleets.

This video shows how the system works:


This NC DPI-approved system is suitable for all makes of buses as well as fuel trucks, tow trucks and fleet service vehicles.

Want to learn more or set up a demo? Please give us a call.

Steve Connolly
Parts Manager     

Office:  (800) 440-3492 Ext. 366
Mobile:  336-255-1999
Email:  sconnolly@carolinathomas.com

Vinny Rivera
Service Manager
Office:  (800) 440-3492 Ext. 383
Mobile:  336-215-0970
Email:  vrivera@carolinathomas.com


Saf-T-Liner® C2 Customers Are Replacing Fewer Roof Hatches. Here’s why.

By Tom Schaaf
Vice President & General Manager

Over the past several years, we’ve noticed an interesting trend:
Saf-T-Liner C2 customers are replacing fewer roof hatches compared to other buses. We used to ship several hundred replacement roof hatches each month to customers. This is no longer the case.

The obvious advantage for customers is lower replacement parts costs and less headache. But it raises an interesting question: Why does the roof hatch on a Saf-T-Liner C2 last longer than those on other buses? The answer to that question may surprise you.

Saf-T-Liner® C2 Lift Door: Safer by Design

By Tom Schaaf
Vice President & General Manager

The American school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. Many safety features have been added over the years that were not there “in the good ol’ days!” Options such as push out emergency windows, large wheelchair lifts, and roof escape hatches are now common place.

If you’ve ever been on one of my Thomas Built Buses plant tours, you understand why the Saf-T-Liner® C2 is stronger and safer than other buses. The lift door design is one such feature that makes the Saf-T-Liner® C2 stronger and safer. Here’s why:


MOR-Vision Integrated Mirror/Monitor Backup Camera System

Now Available From Thomas Built Buses

Since May 1, 2018, new passenger cars and trucks below 10,000 GVWR are now required to have a backup camera system. Now this popular safety option is available from Thomas Built Buses. The MOR-Vision mirror/monitor system from Rosco helps to confirm safe reverse operations with the simple replacement of the OEM bus mirror. Many North Carolina schools are already using the MOR-Vision system and drivers love it. 


Electronic Stability Control makes Saf-T-Liner® C2 even safer

We are pleased to introduce one more reason to choose Thomas Built Buses and Carolina Thomas. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now standard and factory installed on all new Saf-T-Liner C2 diesel and CNG school and activity buses.

ESC systems have been required by law for all passenger vehicles in the U.S. since 2012, and for air brake-equipped commercial vehicles exceeding 33,000 GVW – heavy trucks and large buses – since August 2017. As a result of several recent school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now recommend that manufacturers install electronic stability controls on all buses. Why is electronic stability control important and what exactly does it do? (more…)

Thomas Built Buses Makes Electronic Stability Control a Standard Feature

Electronic stability control will be standard on all new Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 diesel and CNG (pictured) school buses produced on or after July 23, 2018.

Story originally published on SchoolBusFleet.com.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses has added electronic stability control (ESC) as a standard, factory-installed feature for some of its school buses, the company announced on Tuesday.

The standard ESC feature applies to all new Saf-T-Liner C2 diesel and compressed natural gas school buses ordered on or after July 23. (more…)

Thomas Built Buses – One Reason

“We do this for one reason. One reason that’s been our focus for 100 years….For the future. Futures that are made possible for everyone because we’re there for them, every morning and every afternoon.”

We don’t take what we do lightly, and we will never lose sight of the importance of our work. This is our purpose. This is our passion. This is why we do what we do.

To learn how Thomas Built Buses’ quality, safety and reliability can provide the best value and the lowest total cost of ownership for your school system, contact Carolina Thomas at (336) 851-1718 or email us at sales@carolinathomas.com.

Carolina Thomas to provide 75 Thomas Buses for NCDPI seat belt implementation project

For nearly a half-century, one of the most widely debated issues regarding school bus safety has been the use of seat belts. Current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations do not require seat belts in school buses over 10,000 pounds. But two recent industry opinions have signaled a significant shift in position on this issue. (more…)

Thomas Built Buses – Every Mile Matters

For millions of school children and their parents, as well as for the countless dedicated transportation professionals who work tirelessly to get them safely to and from school, the yellow school bus matters.

On the celebration of its 100th year as the industry’s leading school bus manufacturer, Thomas Built Buses has logged a LOT of miles. And to the men and women who build Thomas school buses, every single one of those miles matters.

This inspiring video takes a heartfelt look at the people, passion and pride behind the very best school buses in the world – and why every mile matters.

To learn how Thomas Built’s quality, safety and reliability can provide the best value and the lowest total cost of ownership for your school system, contact Carolina Thomas at (336) 851-1718 or email us at sales@carolinathomas.com.