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TRENDS Garage Costs


Rising prices for new tires and parts are a major concern for any district school bus operations. To learn more about how this volatility is affecting the industry, we surveyed nearly 9,000 readers with the job titles of fleet or maintenance supervisor or director, and received 240 total responses. Here is what they told us:


814 Total number of mechanics represented in the survey


18% Oversee 10 or more mechanics 4.7


Average number of mechanics per district


10% Number of districts that have zero mechanics on staff 81


The largest number of mechanic employees reported


19,213 Total number of buses represented in the survey 109 32 4


2,000 Largest amount of buses in one fleet


Average number of school buses per district, among all survey responders Average fleet size for small districts (with less than 100 buses) Number of respondents who said they have over 1,000 buses


47%


are paying up to 5% more for tires, compared to 1 year ago. One-third are paying about 10% more (238 respondents)


72%: 48%:


22% prices increased (237 respondents)


said they expect to pay 10% more for tires in 2019 (236 respondents)


predict needing to buy between 1 and 25 new tires this year (239 respondents)


Parts Pricing Volatility in 2018 46% prices remained stable 33% prices fell


77% expect to pay up to 10% more for parts in 2019


21% expect to pay up to 25% more in 2019 (239 respondents)


16 School Transportation News • FEBRUARY 2019


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