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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.

What Makes Thomas Buses the Safest on the Road

While every car, truck, and van is designed with safety in mind, a school bus carries the most precious cargo there is on a daily basis. At Carolina Thomas, we understand the importance of building buses that lead the industry in safety. Every parent wants to know their child is protected, and we constantly find new ways to keep our passengers safe and provide parents with peace of mind. (more…)

Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Bus Seat Improvements for NC DPI State Contract Buses

During our 2015 Open House & Training Event in March, SynTec Seating Solutions presented a number of significant improvements to the 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seats installed on all Thomas NC DPI state contract buses, beginning with buses delivered in 2014. These enhancements were the result of feedback we received from you our customers and recommended to SynTec to improve the seat.

The 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seat includes a new “tapered back” foam and cover design along with enhancements to the metal back panel to significantly improve the life and durability of the seat. The S3B Seat is installed on all Thomas buses manufactured for the NC DPI state contract, beginning with deliveries in 2014. Older 2009 – 2013 legacy seats may also be converted to the “tapered back” foam and cover.

Download the SynTec presentation to learn more about the 2014 “Tapered” Thomas S3B Seat, including part numbers for conversion of 2009 – 2013 legacy seats to the new “tapered back” foam and cover.

SynTec Seating Solutions, located in High Point, North Carolina, is the manufacturer for all Thomas Built Buses school bus seats. Learn more at www.syntecseating.com.

If you have any questions about the information provided in this edition of The Bus Buzz, please contact us at 1-800-440-3492.

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Ending Student Fatalities Resulting From Stop Arm Violations

By Derek Graham, Section Chief, NCDPI Transportation Services – January 30, 2013

This paper makes the case for a two-pronged approach to ending student fatalities resulting from stop arm violations. The first is student training. A standardized approach is needed along with renewed efforts to make sure that the State Board of Education policy requiring school bus safety training is being carried out. Secondly, at the bottom of this whitepaper is a concept proposal that will be submitted by DPI Transportation Services to the Governors Highway Safety Program. DPI is looking for one or more LEAs to be committed partners in this project for their entire fleet (or perhaps a portion of their fleet (depending on size). Read more…