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04/21/2020

 


  ABA convenes industry recovery task force


The task force will be led by ABA Chairman Don DeVivo of DATTCO, Inc. in New Britain, Conn., and ABA Board Member Terry Fischer of Transportation Charter Services in Orange, Calif. MCI/TCS

The task force will be led by ABA Chairman Don DeVivo of DATTCO, Inc. in New Britain, Conn., and ABA Board Member Terry Fischer of Transportation Charter Services in Orange, Calif. MCI/TCS

The American Bus Association (ABA) launched a new task force as it works to help members with the next steps of recovery after the COVID-19 crisis.

The task force will be led by ABA Chairman Don DeVivo of DATTCO, Inc. in New Britain, Conn., and ABA Board Member Terry Fischer of Transportation Charter Services in Orange, Calif., and will be comprised of motorcoach industry safety professionals. The task force will work with other transportation industry sectors on best practices to ensure the health and safety of employees and passengers.

"There will be a new norm for the motorcoach industry when the doors open again," said DeVivo. "Everyone will need to consider all safety implications post-COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our employees and passengers."

The task force will work to develop a path forward for not only the cleanliness of motorcoaches but also explore new methods and approaches that protect everyone on the bus to ensure that motorcoaches retain their essential role in a post-pandemic multimodal world.

"We expect the end product to be a guideline that all in the industry can follow," said Fischer. "Our customers and our employees are now hyper-sensitive to how quickly something can spread, and it is our duty to help mitigate that.


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  Prevost Parts & Service Status Update


While all of our service centers currently remain open, many are operating under amended hours. We have added a brand new interactive map on our website to show you all service center information. The details are being updated daily, and we encourage you to check back frequently for the most current information as this is an ever-changing situation.


  From Prevost:

The Prevost Parts & Service Teams remain committed to providing the best possible service during this time. We have implemented new procedures to promote safety for both our employees and our customers. These procedures include contact-free coach drop-off and parts pickup, extra measures to systematically sanitize high-touchpoint areas, and encouraging team members to practice safe social distancing.

While all of our service centers currently remain open, many are operating under amended hours. We have added a brand new interactive map on our website to show you all service center information. The details are being updated daily, and we encourage you to check back frequently for the most current information as this is an ever-changing situation.

Contact-Free Drop-Offs
We invite customers to participate in contact-free vehicle drop-off to minimize risk of exposure. Simply follow the easy steps below to set up your appointment today...


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  Webinar to Address Best Practices for Returning to Service Post-COVID

   From School Bus Fleet:

Bobit Business Media, the largest fleet media, marketing services, and business intelligence provider, and parent company of School Bus Fleet, is hosting a new webinar: "Returning to Service Post-COVID: Are You Prepared?"

School closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have so quickly changed pupil transportation in unforeseen ways, tasking operators with other responsibilities. Although many district transportation departments are still able to stay partially in operation and serve students by delivering meals and instructional materials and use school buses to provide Wi-Fi where it is needed, questions remain on how to handle other tasks.

In this seminar, SBF will discuss with industry experts how pupil transporters can optimize this time by shifting gears from many of the typical day-to-day transportation tasks to getting ahead on the countless back-burner responsibilities that will still demand attention once schools reopen.

Bobit Business Media, the largest fleet media, marketing services, and business intelligence provider, and parent company of School Bus Fleet, is hosting a new webinar: "Returning to Service Post-COVID: Are You Prepared?"

he webinar panelists are Max Christensen, executive officer for school transportation at the Iowa Department of Education; Derek Graham, a consultant and former state director of pupil transportation in North Carolina; Pam McDonald, the director of transportation for Orange (Calif.) Unified School District; and Michael Shields, the director of transportation services at Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore.

The discussion will address topics such as:

* Tips on planning the next school year while working from home.
* Ways to get routing, inspections, IEP requests, and testing in place.
* How to handle scheduling tests during DMV closures.
* Recommended plans in case remote work is still required this fall.
* Plus: A Q & A and opportunity to share best practices.


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