Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recently announced the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s 2020 annual school bus inspection program.
Missouri’s 2020 school bus inspection results are as follows:
School buses rated as “approved” upon initial inspection – 10,539
School buses rated as “defective” upon initial inspection – 1,030
School buses rated as “out-of-service” upon initial inspection – 259
Those buses found defective require repair within 10 days. Buses placed out-of-service require correction of the component(s) prior to further usage.
A total of 258 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence award this year. During the 2020-2021 school year, 5,594 buses in these award-winning fleets are eligible to display the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence sticker in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger entry side of the bus.
“The Missouri State Highway Patrol works closely with schools and private pupil transportation companies to ensure Missouri students have safe transportation to and from school. This professional relationship is most evident during the annual school bus inspection program,” said Colonel Olson. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented numerous challenges. However, the unified effort of motor vehicle inspection and pupil transportation professionals ensured the inspection of Missouri’s 11,828 school buses was completed successfully. The annual school bus inspection program is just one way the Missouri State Highway Patrol protects and serves our children.”
Results for Atchison County buses were as follows:
• Fairfax R-3: 4 buses presented, 50% approved, 25% defective, 25% out of service
• Rock Port R-II: 6 buses presented, 83.3% approved, 16.7 defective
• Tarkio R-I: 6 buses presented, 16.7% approved, 66.7% defective, 16.7% out of service
Missouri school bus inspection results are a matter of public record. Individual school district results for 2020 are available at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DVSD/MVI/documents/2020AnnualSchoolBusInspectionResults.pdf.