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TRENDS of Ownership Total Cost


Employee Training


This month’s reader survey examined some of the factors that go into determining the total cost of ownership (TCO) for their school buses and training of transportation staff. It was delivered to the email addresses of 4,776 readers with the job titles of transportation director, supervisor or fleet manager. We received a total of 164 responses for a response rate of nearly 3.5 percent. Displayed below are what the readers told us.


How Readers Determine Total Cost of Ownership Cost of parts ..............................................................................................................................................87% Service/maintenance cost ....................................................................................................................85% Fuel ................................................................................................................................................................84% Initial purchase price ...............................................................................................................................75% Labor costs .................................................................................................................................................67% Lifespan of the vehicle ...........................................................................................................................58% Insurance .....................................................................................................................................................57% Safety equipment....................................................................................................................................40% Technology (GPS, routing) ...................................................................................................................37% Downtime ....................................................................................................................................................28% Resale values ..............................................................................................................................................19% Fueling Infrastructure ..............................................................................................................................15% Leasing & financing ................................................................................................................................. 14% Vehicle uptime ...........................................................................................................................................13% (150 responses)


The most significant or pressing training/education needs: Loading and unloading of school buses .........................................................................................56% Active shooter situations ......................................................................................................................53% CPR and first aid .......................................................................................................................................42% Evacuations for earthquakes, fires, etc. ...........................................................................................25% Other ............................................................................................................................................................30% (Out of 126 responses. More than one was answer possible. Total does not equal 100.)


43% said they


estimated TCO for their school


buses. (Out of 161 responses. More than one answer was possible. Totals do not equal 100.)


calculate depreciation of buses in total cost of


53%


ownership (Out of 160 responses.)


85%


said their department provides a hands-on component for drivers/ employees on at least one of the above training


84%


40% of school districts would consider sharing


school bus routes with an adjacent district


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topics (Out of 130 responses.)


include drills, scenarios and buses in their training


(Out of 128 responses.)


36% would not


24% don’t know (Out of 129 responses.)


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