ERIC Number: ED249666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
How to Cut Costs by Saving School Bus Fuel.
A program started in Washington County, Maryland in 1980 has been successful in saving school bus fuel and bringing down transportation costs incurred by its fleet of 200 buses. Driver training and motivation, as well as a partial transfer to diesel buses, are at the heart of the program. The drivers are taught five fuel saving techniques: cut unnecessary idling, drive within the speed limit, accelerate and brake gently, keep an eye on traffic ahead, and shift at lower speeds. The motivational system includes dividing drivers and buses into competing groups, issuing monthly "report cards" showing mileage and fuel economy, and charting each driver's status in the school so students can support their drivers. The entire community is involved through publicity campaigns featuring details of the program and of savings to the community. The driver program had very low costs, showed a 6.8 percent improvement in fuel savings, and brought good "press" for the school system. The purchase of six diesel buses cost the county an additional $4,000 initial investment per bus, while providing a 66 percent increase in efficiency in fuel consumption and a savings on vehicle maintenance during the first year. The fleet now includes 20 diesel-powered buses. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Washington County MD
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials (Atlantic City, NJ, October 14-18, 1984). Copies taken of 9 slides (selected from a total of 19) that accompanied the presentation are included with the paper for purposes of illustration.