School buses

A total of 11,958 school buses across Missouri were inspected by patrol personnel during the program, and 89.3-percent were approved with no defective items noted.

Cabool High School was the only Texas County school to ace the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s annual school bus inspection program for 2019.

The district’s 16 buses were all approved by the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division. Plato received the next-highest county score at 86.7 percent approval while Houston was third at 83.3 percent.

A total of 11,958 school buses across Missouri were inspected by patrol personnel during the program, and 89.3-percent were approved with no defective items noted.

During the inspection process, buses found to have no defective items are rated as “approved,” while buses having one or more defective items that don’t constitute an immediate danger are rated as “defective.” Buses with a defective item that constitutes an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.”

Here are the district-by-district results in Texas County:

•Cabool: 16 buses inspected, 16 approved (100 percent)

•Houston: 18 buses inspected, 15 approved (83.3 percent), 3 defective

•Licking: 18 buses inspected, 11 approved (61.1 percent), 7 defective

•Plato: 15 buses inspected, 13 approved (86.7 percent), 2 defective

•Raymondville: 5 buses inspected, 2 approved (40 percent), 3 defective

•Success: 5 buses inspected, 1 approved (20 percent), 3 defective, 1 out of service

•Summersville: 12 buses inspected, 9 approved (75 percent), 2 defective, 1 out of service

Buses rated 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 MSHP motor vehicle inspection personnel. Buses rated as “out-of-service” must be repaired, re-inspected and then placed back into service by 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 2019 annual school bus inspection results:

•Buses approved upon initial inspection: 10,672.

•Buses rated defective: 962.

•Buses rated out-of-service: 324.

A total of 261 Missouri school districts earned the MSHP’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, 5,540 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 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,” said MSHP commanding officer Col. Eric T. Olson. “This professional relationship is most evident during the annual school bus inspection and results in a successful program. The annual school bus inspection program is just one way the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children and it will remain a priority.”

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

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