School bus inspection program

School buses in Ozark had an 88-percent approval rating in a series of 2019 inspections by the Missouri State Highway Patrol

School bus fleets in Nixa and Spokane are among the safest in the state, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Both Christian County districts achieved 100-percent approval rates during state inspections, earning perfect scores in bus maintenance. This marks the 22nd consecutive year for Nixa obtain a 100-percent score through two days worth of school bus inspections.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division's 2019 annual school bus inspection program on June 5. A total of 11,958 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Highway Patrol personnel during the 2019 program. Of all buses inspected, 89.3 percent were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.

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 a re-inspection with Highway Patrol personnel. Buses rated as "out-of-service" must be repaired, re-inspected, and then placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to a school district using that bus to transport students. Buses not presented for re-inspection within the required 10-day period are reported to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Of the 11,958 buses checked across Missouri, 10,672 were approved. The Highway Patrol rated 962 buses “defective” and took 324 buses out of service in the initial round of inspections.

Six buses from Christian County school districts were taken out of service.

Nixa and Spokane are among 261 Missouri school districts to earn the Highway Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award, obtaining an approval rating of 90 percent or higher with no buses placed out-of-service. 

During the 2019-2020 school year, buses in Nixa and Spokane will be 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 Missouri State Highway Patrol works closely with schools and private pupil transportation companies to ensure our students have safe transportation to and from school-related events. This professional relationship is most evident during the annual school bus inspection and results in a successful program,” said Col. Eric Olson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

As Missouri school bus inspection results are a matter of public record. Individual school district results are available on the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division website at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DVSD/MVI/index.html.

School bus inspections of local interest

Springfield R-XII: 149 buses checked, 139 buses approved, 10 buses defective

Ozark: 61 buses checked, 54 buses approved, 6 buses defective, 1 bus out of service

Nixa: 45 buses checked, 45 buses approved, 100 percent approval

Logan-Rogersville: 30 buses checked, 25 buses approved, 1 bus defective, 4 buses out of service

Sparta: 14 buses checked, 9 buses approved, 3 buses defective, 2 buses out of service

Clever: 13 buses checked, 11 buses approved, 1 bus defective, 1 bus out of service

Spokane: 12 buses checked, 12 buses approved, 100 percent approval

Fordland: 11 buses checked, 9 buses approved, 2 buses defective

Chadwick: 9 buses checked, 4 buses approved, 4 buses defective, 1 bus out of service

Billings: 6 buses checked, 4 buses approved, 1 bus defective, 1 bus out of service

Hurley: 5 buses checked, 5 buses approved, 100 percent approval

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