Introducing REV Group’s new mobility brand- Revability.
Mobility vehicles that offer more choices, more access, and more freedom. Revability highlights the best aspects of both ElDorado Mobility and Auto Ability brands. Connecting passengers of all abilities, Revability brings a renewed focus on product innovation and builds a strong market presence with the most inclusive lineup of wheelchair accessible vehicles the industry has to offer. Innovation, Reliability, and Freedom are just a few of the areas Revability hopes to help in people’s lives.
John Walsh, REV Bus & Mobility Group President commented, “This is a very exciting time for REV and the Mobility Division to be able to combine two great brands in the wheelchair accessible van market – AutoAbility and Eldorado Mobility – into one new brand – Revability. With the resources of REV, our excellent manufacturing facilities, a strong new Mobility management team and unparalleled customer service, Revability is positioned for great success. We are equally excited to be working with The Buoniconti Fund and increasing our commitment to the ‘Ability Community.'”
We’re very excited to announce that we have officially earned the title of “Platinum Support Dealer” from Thomas Built Buses!
Over the last several months we have gone through a series of training, organization, and physical changes to meet requirements set by Thomas Built Buses to receive this honorable title. We are very proud of our staff and “Change Management” team for all their hard work and dedication to achievement.
What is “Platinum Support” You Ask?
PLATINUM SUPPORT CERTIFICATION: A high performing group of Thomas Bus North America Dealers, delivering a premier customer service experience, in a consistent manner, at a good value, as experienced by the customer. In order for a bus dealer to be certified as a “Platinum Support Provider”, they must meet 123 individual criteria in 24 different areas, standards that are certified and audited by an independent third party.
How Does “Platinum Support” Benefit the Customer?
The concept of “Platinum Support” is to actually lower your vehicle life-cycle costs. The repair diagnosis process has been redefined and perfected so that we can make better evaluations of exactly what needs to be done to reduce repair time and increase the quality of work. Our goal is to get you back on the road as soon and as safely as possible.
A “Platinum Support Dealer” is one that has successfully implemented the right processes and team training to deliver a repair estimate and communicate a completion date to the customer within 24 hours of drop off. Our commitment to you is dedication to continuous improvement.
Have more questions on how this program works or what the continuous improvements have in store for us? Just ask us! We’re excited to see what new opportunities this certification will bring to our staff and our customers!
With “Back to School” time upon us here in Michigan, this is a good reminder why the yellow school bus is the smart choice for student transportation. With today’s diesel engine, the school bus is the most reliable, safest AND cleanest modes of transportation. Most people are unaware of the many advances that have been made to today’s diesel engine. Read more from this excerpt from the Diesel Technology Forum below for how these changes are impacting our schools, communities and environment for the better…
The modern yellow school bus powered by today’s diesel engine is the right choice for student transportation.
It’s back to school for the nation’s kids, and the iconic yellow school buses are back in motion, delivering tomorrow’s leaders to the great opportunity of education. Each day, more than 500,000 school buses transport more than 25 million students – more than half of America’s schoolchildren. All told, school buses travel more than 5.7 billion miles each year. Over 96 percent of school buses are powered by diesel one of safest, least combustible, most reliable, most fuel-efficient power for student transportation.
Advances in diesel engine technology have virtually eliminated the old smoke and smell many of us remember from yesterday’s engines. New school buses using clean ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel are able to reduce emissions to levels equal to or lower than comparable natural gas buses. Consider that it takes 60 new clean diesel school buses to equal the emissions of just a single bus that is 15 years old. In addition, a growing number of school districts now use blends of biodiesel and renewable diesel to power those buses, further reducing emissions.
In addition, every school bus on the road eliminates approximately 36 cars. For every bus on the road, that’s 36 fewer cars clogging the morning commute, saving fuel and emissions. School bus transportation makes our students and communities cleaner and healthier.
But not every school district can afford new buses, so funding is available through the Diesel Emission Reduction Program to help replace school buses that have diesel engines of model year 2006 or older. Engines manufactured beginning in 2007 must be deployed with advanced technologies that meet the U.S. EPA’s clean diesel emission requirements. School buses are amazingly resilient and built to last and with proper maintenance, fleets can seemingly last forever. In fact, clean diesel technology leads the choice for EPA school bus rebates with over 90 percent of funds going towards clean diesel replacements.
Other programs and funding opportunities exist to help school districts across the country purchase new clean school buses. The recent settlement with Volkswagen includes a $2.9 billion Trust to help introduce clean technologies across a wide variety of vehicles and equipment types including school buses
On the outside the overall look of the school bus hasn’t changed much in a generation. It’s still the same familiar color and shape. But on the inside, it’s a whole new world of high-tech clean diesel technology that is more fuel efficient, and near zero emissions making today’s clean diesel school buses better and safer for transporting children to and from school than ever before.
The question asked by parents everywhere. School buses transport our nation’s most precious cargo. Take a moment to read this article on the real safety aspects of school transportation from Thomas Built Buses…
Each school day, school buses transport nearly 25 million students to and from school. Yet, the yellow school bus remains the safest form of transportation on the roads today. In fact, riding a school bus is 13 times safer than riding in the family vehicle. And students are 70 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they ride the bus versus driving themselves or riding with friends, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One of the primary reasons school buses are so safe is because they meet 42 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) – that’s more than any other vehicle on the road! One of these safety standards is the use of compartmentalization, which is a unique form of “automatic” passenger protection with high-backed, closely spaced, well-padded, energy-absorbing seating specifically designed to protect children. This engineering concept is among the best safety innovations and is one of the main reasons that school buses are so safe – even without seat belts.
Thomas Built School Buses Are Safe
Starting with the design and build of our school buses—all Thomas Built buses meet or exceed rigorous FMVSS/CMVSS standards. But that is just the beginning. Thomas Built’s Type C Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus features Saf-T-Net construction, including side skirt reinforcement, extended roof bows and a welded header and rafter system to ensure maximum passenger safety. What does this all mean? Pretty much students riding the Saf-T-Liner C2 are enclosed in steel that extends below the floor to provide maximum support and safety.
And all Thomas Built Buses are secured with double-bolted body mounting clips (say that four times fast). These bolts provide superior and durable construction that protects the students riding in the bus today and also students riding in the same bus 20 years from today.
And don’t forget about the small buses. Thomas Built’s Minotour® and MyBus® are built with the strength of a full-size school bus with the added features of safety cage body construction with one-piece, skirt-to-skirt roof bows and two internal roof crash rails for rollover protection.
School Buses are Getting Safer Through Technology
School buses are built for durability and safety, and they keep getting safer and safer through technology. Thomas Built Buses invests in continuous improvements that make their school buses safer through state-of-the-art technologies and innovations. Some of the more recent safety innovations include:
Electronic stability control
Video cameras on both the inside and outside of the bus
Collision mitigation systems
Stop arm cameras
Student and vehicle tracking technology
Lane departure warnings
Many school buses across the country even have seat belts, either two-point lap belts, or more recently, three-point lap/shoulder belts.
Safe and Well-Trained School Bus Drivers
Safe driving habits complement the safety features of a school bus. All school bus drivers must have a Class B or C Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a P (passenger) and S (school bus) endorsement on their license in order to operate a school bus. School bus drivers are also subject to random drug or alcohol testing, a driving record check and the same criminal background checks that teachers must undergo.
In addition, school bus drivers have extensive training on how to drive safely, as well as to monitor and protect the students onboard.
School Bus Safety Tips -How to be safe on and around a school bus
School bus safety is very serious to us at Thomas Built Buses. School buses are the safest way for students to get to and from school, however accidents still happen. In fact, most school bus accidents happen outside of the bus. That is why it is vital that passengers follow some basic school bus rules.
Be careful and take your time getting on or off the bus.
Pay attention to surrounding traffic. Look both ways for traffic before crossing the street.
Make sure that the bus driver can see them at all times.