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can perform minor repairs. All major repairs are performed by the factory.” Jackson said much of the technology on school buses is controlled


by the Colorado Department of Education and an advisory com- mittee that writes minimum standards for all manufacturers. “One of the big standards is you must have retarders or electric brakes to help regulate your speed going up and down mountains,” he said. In addition, “you must have chains if you’re operating in the moun- tains. Our (tire) tread laws are specific.” Jackson said his fleet uses Zonar Z-Pass to track students on and off the bus, as well as on-board cameras from 247 Security. He add- ed that he is speaking with the school board about upgrading the student tracking system, and expanding and upgrading the camera system, because of the increase in stop-arm violations. He also wants to add Wi-Fi to his buses, so students who are on the longer routes through the mountains, and athletes who have to leave class early for events, can do their homework. Jackson expressed some caution about pursuing electronic stability control, saying he would first like to see how it performs in other districts. He said the mountains and weather conditions put his district in a unique situation. “I think that after we have an opportunity to test it to see how it works, it could be a factor,”


Jackson said. “Maybe we could work with our local dealership. We need to know how it performs going uphill and especially downhill.


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