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Old 11-20-2023, 06:46 PM   #1
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ASC Button

Good day ALL,

I just picked up another bus.
This one is a 36 foot, 1990 Thomas Saf-T-Liner, WestcoastER.

3208T, Allison MT643.

There is a button on the back wall that reads ASC (pictured). I do not know what it is for?

Any ideas?

Thanks all.
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Old 11-20-2023, 07:56 PM   #2
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I had a button in the back of my bus that was essentially a check button to make sure no students were still on the bus at the end of the day...cant remember what exactly it did (never checked)...
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Old 11-21-2023, 11:01 AM   #3
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...not sure if that what your button is, but here's another thread on the subject...
https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/th...elp-39381.html
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Old 11-21-2023, 02:17 PM   #4
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I believe the ASC is unrelated to the button, which is most likely a child check button. That looks like an enterprising mechanic mounted that button with a large fender washer they drilled...and the ASC is, I am pretty sure, the Home Depot item code for pulling it up when you check out at the register.
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Old 11-21-2023, 05:49 PM   #5
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In the school bus trade we call that the "no child left behind" button although that's not its real name. After shutting the bus off - if you've activated the red flashers and stop sign at any point in your trip - you need to go to the back and press this button or else the bus will start honking and flashing its lights in a few minutes, alerting everyone in the bus depot to what a moron you are. The theory is that this will force you to notice any kids still on the bus, although in our depot there have been a few occasions of drivers going back and pressing the button without seeing a sleeping kid.

On some buses there is only a light on the left-hand switchboard to remind you that you need to hit this button; on Internationals they usually have a steady beeping sound to remind you.

I had thought this was sort of a modern thing since my 2003 didn't have one, but yours is a lot older than that so maybe it's a state-by-state thing.
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Old 11-21-2023, 11:15 PM   #6
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In the school bus trade we call that the "no child left behind" button although that's not its real name. After shutting the bus off - if you've activated the red flashers and stop sign at any point in your trip - you need to go to the back and press this button or else the bus will start honking and flashing its lights in a few minutes, alerting everyone in the bus depot to what a moron you are. The theory is that this will force you to notice any kids still on the bus, although in our depot there have been a few occasions of drivers going back and pressing the button without seeing a sleeping kid.

On some buses there is only a light on the left-hand switchboard to remind you that you need to hit this button; on Internationals they usually have a steady beeping sound to remind you.

I had thought this was sort of a modern thing since my 2003 didn't have one, but yours is a lot older than that so maybe it's a state-by-state thing.
I am not sure if it is a state thing either.

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation.
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