Thomas Built to offer schoolbus rental

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Rental program ‘first of its kind’ in the industry

USA

Thomas Built Buses, the US schoolbus building subsidiary of Daimler Buses, is now offering its products under a rental programme through its ‘MyBus’ dealerships.

The initial plan involves vehicles with a 14-passenger configuration which are being made available for short or long-term rental. The rental program, created by Thomas Built Buses and Daimler Truck Financial, includes complete physical damage and liability insurance and is a ‘first of its kind’ in the industry.

“Reliable, everyday transportation is essential to businesses such as childcare centres, church groups and service organisations, and the need doesn’t stop while buses are being serviced,” said Ken Hedgecock, vice president of sales, marketing and service for Thomas Built Buses. “Backed by exceptional customer service, the MyBus rental program, allows our dealers to assist the industry with safe, simple and reliable transportation as customer needs evolve. The MyBus rental program is great for organisations with sudden increases in ridership, such as the addition of summer camp programs.”

The MyBus by Thomas Built Buses is a Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB). MFSABs meets the same Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as school buses, except they are not required to have stop-arms or traffic-control lights and, in most US states, are not required to be yellow. Year after year, studies show school buses, including MFSABs, are the safest form of surface transportation.

Introduced in 2009, Thomas’ MyBus was designed to be safe, easy to maintain and durable enough to withstand the daily rigors of transporting children and adults. Its full-height (73” interior headroom), outward-opening entrance door and wide aisle allow easy access. The all-steel safety cage body construction and two roof crash rails offer added passenger and rollover protection, and the interior features automotive style gauges and driver controls.

Thomas Built Buses manufactures three MyBus models: the up-to 14-passenger SRW, the up-to 20-passenger DRW 041, and the up-to 30-passenger DRW 051. The SRW, which features a 4.8 litre, V8 gas engine, and the DRW with a 14-passenger configuration do not require a commercial driver’s licence in many states and are the only models available through the rental program.