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Old 06-07-2016, 10:09 PM   #1
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new tires AND budget cuts....

I DONT THINK SO!


All four drives are like this, on a school bus that sees regular long highway trips. There is no money in they budget they say






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Old 06-07-2016, 10:13 PM   #2
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Looks like a blowout waiting to happen!
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:18 PM   #3
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Take photos of the Superintendent's tires, add these, and call the local paper?
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:31 PM   #4
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Man, those look ROUGH
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:39 PM   #5
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This is my schools bus, their only bus, and only they own it.
I have been promised that they will replace these tires over the summer thankfully.

The tires passed the last yearly inspection like this, which makes me think they have the same mechanic I do but then again my vehicles don't haul 70 kids.
They keep their buses until they break. This one was bought for $25000 i believe after the bus they had lost the tranny three hours from town!

One day **** is gonna happen, I just hope no one gets hurt.

(EDIT: I wasnt going to give more info but as soon as getting people in trouble came up I figured this info should be known. These are my friends, I believe they do what they say, and there is honestly no money.)
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:24 AM   #6
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Maybe its just the way I'm broken, but when polite smiles and silence conspire to put 70 kids at risk, I'd feel compelled to speak. Loudly.

I'm here to tell ya, if this is what the school thinks is acceptable for transportation, the quality of education is highly suspect.

Just. Wow.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:21 AM   #7
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wow! those tires look worse than mine did...

interesting thing was the only people that didnt FREAK about my tires was

1. the bus dealer (of course they wanted to sell a bus.. thats expected
2. The DOT man I saw when I was broke down.. (he said mine "would need replacedat some point but werent terrible)

3. a trucker that loved the bus (while I was stuck broke down).. said he has had company trucks with way worse... (maybe a reason why we see busted truck tires all over the highway all the time).

4. My Tire man - yes the guy that told me I could easily wait quite a while on my old tires... the same guy selling me 6 brand new ones..

so my conclusion is either there are a lot of reckless people out there...

*OR*

some people on this forum are wayyy sensitive...


now these tires you posted I am surprised would pass DOT as it looks very close to the "belts showing" which is what I was told will DOT fail a tire...

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This is my schools bus, their only bus, and only they own it.
I have been promised that they will replace these tires over the summer thankfully... These are my friends, I believe they do what they say, and there is honestly no money.)
Hank, if they're folks of their word and they told you the tires would be replaced over the summer, that's great. But otherwise? It sure seems to me like it might be time for a fundraiser. I'm in for ten bucks - nothing in comparison to what is needed, of course, but it might help shame the district into action. (Not to mention it's about all I can sneak out.) And folks might join me.
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I'm a cheapskate, a MAJOR one. But replacing old cracked tires is a must for me.

So no- I don't think this forum is overly-sensitive on this issue. Its one of the biggest safety concerns with operating a large vehicle on a public road. I know I'm guilty of driving on a couple bald retreads to get mine home, but ideally I should have replaced them before going 800 miles on the interstate. I'll post some pics next time I'm at my bus. They're scary looking.
I only say this because its up to us how school bus conversions are perceived. Insurance companies don't want to cover us as it is. I say the more we lean toward safety and responsibility on this forum, the better.

Hank- you're in Canada, eh? I thought your schools were so much better funded than ours. What gives?
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:08 AM   #10
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im in 100% agreement safety is best.. obviously what I read had some influence on me as i went down and bought 6 new tires..

but the Industry as a whole seems to see tires a little differently than people here do..

several here on the forums called my tires time bombs.. others in the industry did not..

my point really is that this active school bus above passed a DOT inspection.. and Ok the district is out of money but would they replace the tires anyway.. probably not..

what has determined the rules that DOT sets.. im guessing they werent just arbitrary.. somehow the rules were developed by studies, tests, and experiences of tire failures in the field, accidents, caused by, tire manufacturer and 3rd party tests, etc..

the general human perception is that any crack in any tire is a time bomb..

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