Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division’s 2018 annual school bus inspection program. A total of 12,018 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2018 program. Of all buses inspected, 90.6% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.
During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as “approved.” Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as “defective.” Buses with a defective item which constitutes an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.”
Buses rated as “defective” may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made. School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel. Buses rated as “out-of-service” must be repaired, re-inspected, and placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to transporting students. Buses not presented for re-inspection within the required 10-day period are reported to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Statewide 2018 annual school bus inspection results are as follows:
Buses rated as “approved” upon initial inspection ─ 10,888
Buses rated as “defective” upon initial inspection ─ 912
Buses rated as “out-of-service” upon initial inspection ─ 218
A total of 281 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award, obtaining an approval rating of 90% or higher with no buses placed out-of-service. During the 2018-2019 school year, 6,532 buses in these award-winning fleets are eligible to display the Total Fleet Excellence sticker in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger-entry side of the bus.
“The annual school bus inspection program is one way the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children. This program is a success because the Highway Patrol, Missouri’s schools, and private pupil transportation companies make transporting students safely a priority,” said Colonel Karsten. “I appreciate the positive and professional working relationship our agency shares with these professionals.”
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