TERRE HAUTE -- Teams of Indiana State Troopers and State Police Motor Carrier Inspectors assigned to the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) are currently conducting state mandate school bus inspections.
The Indiana State Police Department conducts the annual inspections of nearly 15,000 school buses. School buses which are 12-years-old or older are required to be inspected every six months. Currently, there are approximately 1,500, which fall in this category.
The annual inspection looks at every aspect of each bus. Inspectors check brakes, tires, steering mechanisms, exhaust systems, lighting inside and out, emergency exits and cleanliness. First aid kits, fire extinguishers and seat conditions are also included in the inspections.
A bus is then either approved, rejected or placed on out-of-service following each inspection. An approved bus passed inspection with no violations. A rejected bus has minor violations, which will have no effect on the safe operation of the bus and the violation must be repaired within 30 days. A bus designated for out-of-service is found with major safety violations, which would effect the safe operation of the vehicle.
A bus designated for out-of-service may not be used to transport students until major violations have been repaired.