PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana State Police completed its first round of annual school bus inspections here on Tuesday.
The inspections, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Indiana State Police, are required to transport students for the new school year.
Nearly 800 school buses were inspected within the Indiana State Police’s Putnamville District 53, which is composed of six counties: Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Sullivan.
During the inspections, troopers examined such items as steering and braking components, drivetrain components, emergency exits, mirrors, tires, and stop arms.
The inspectors found some violations, mostly minor, and the affected school corporations were notified. In those cases, troopers said that the necessary repairs were made quickly, the buses were re-inspected, and annual inspection stickers for the buses were ultimately issued.
“While the majority of our buses are in great condition, the South Vermillion School Corporation was the only corporation where all of the buses passed during the first inspection for a 100% initial approval rating,” said Tyler Van Ness, senior trooper in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.
In addition to the school bus inspections, Van Ness audited the drug and alcohol compliance records for the school districts’ drivers and found no violations.
Indiana state school bus inspection results can be viewed here.