09/26/2017

 

 




  Prevost sponsors online driver training courses offered by ABA

Prevost announced that it has partnered with the American Bus Association (ABA) on a series of online courses to help motorcoach companies recruit and retain drivers. The new ABA Driver Program is available now through the ABA website, www.buses.org.

Prevost is the sole sponsor for the ABA Driver Training program, which was developed by safety experts from industry-leading motorcoach companies and manufacturers.

 

Prevost announced that it has partnered with the American Bus Association (ABA) on a series of online courses to help motorcoach companies recruit and retain drivers. The new ABA Driver Program is available now through the ABA website, www.buses.org.

The program was designed to give new drivers the knowledge and theory needed to take the test required to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The courses can also be used to provide continuing education for experienced drivers.

The benefit of sponsoring the ABA Driver Training program was clear right away, said Francois Tremblay, VP/GM at Prevost. “Prevost’s commitment to our industry goes beyond the manufacture of motorcoaches,” Tremblay said. “We understand that drivers are the key to operators’ business and success, and we will do everything we can to help them recruit, train and retain drivers.”

According to the ABA, each Driver Training course incorporates industry best practices and is peer-reviewed to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and the public.

The program is also intended to provide an easy and convenient way for motorcoach operators to offer quality driver training and education. The ABA courses can be taken from any computer with internet access, eliminating the need for motorcoach companies to develop, schedule and administer their own training classes.

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  Quarter 2 coach sales down slightly per ABA numbers

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a slight decline over the prior year to a total of 928 units (624 new coaches and 304 pre-owned coaches), according to the latest numbers released by the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF).

"The reason for the decline over last year was due to a large fleet purchase by one company," said Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of the ABAF. "The sales numbers this year show a return to normalization in purchasing, which still is at a healthy level for the industry."


Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a slight decline over the prior year to a total of 928 units (624 new coaches and 304 pre-owned coaches), according to the latest numbers released by the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF).

The decline in sales for the second quarter were offset by the continued strength of sales of the new 45-foot motorcoaches, which saw a 2% increase over the same period in 2016. The less than 45-foot sales continues to see a decrease carried over from the first quarter, these sales are expected to pick up as the year progresses.

"We continue to see an increase in bigger buses this year, which is always a good sign for group travel," said Pantuso. "While the quarter over quarter saw a slight decline, we expect sales of all sizes of coaches to pick up through the year."

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  Thomas Built Debuts First C2 School Bus With Detroit DD5 Engine

From School Bus Fleet:

ATLANTA - Thomas Built Buses' first Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus equipped with the new Detroit DD5 diesel engine went on display at the North American Commercial Vehicle show here on Monday.

The Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine is expected to boost fuel economy, reliability, and serviceability while lowering cost of ownership, according to the manufacturer. It features top-load oil and fuel filters and up to 45,000-mile service intervals. It also meets 2017 greenhouse gas standards.

"This level of engine technology is a game changer for the pupil transportation market," said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. "Never before have diesel engines been cleaner, more fuel efficient, or easier to maintain. Our partners at Detroit have engineered the best engine for today's industry from the ground up."

The global medium-duty engine platform on which the DD5 is based utilizes technology such as variable exhaust cam phasing, which allows additional heat to the exhaust stream.

 

The Detroit DD5 medium-duty engine is expected to boost fuel economy, reliability, and serviceability while lowering cost of ownership, according to the manufacturer. It features top-load oil and fuel filters and up to 45,000-mile service intervals. It also meets 2017 greenhouse gas standards.

According to the manufacturer, this enables efficient operation of the aftertreatment system in low-speed, stop-and-go operations, which is ideal for school buses.

The DD5 also comes with the Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service, which lets the driver or fleet manager know the cause of a code as well as the level of severity. Virtual Technician also makes suggestions on how the fault can be resolved and which parts may be needed to fix the problem. Critical faults are sent to the Detroit.................   READ MORE >

 


 

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