School Vehicle Inspections Begin

It’s a sure sign that summer is beginning to wind down. Kansas State Troopers this week are beginning to inspect every school vehicle that transports children.

According to the agency, every July and August troopers, in conjunction with school districts across the state, check all school buses to ensure they are all in good working order.

Troopers will check the buses from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles will load, transport, and unload students safely. Buses and other vehicles throughout the state are also inspected for compliance with safety regulations. A few of the things troopers will be checking are the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and emergency spill kits.

Thousands of school vehicles’ equipment and mechanical conditions will be checked as troopers visit each school district. The inspection stickers were updated last year, as was a joint effort between the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas State Department of Education. For any bus or school vehicle passing inspection from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016, a red sticker will be displayed in the lower driver’s side corner of the windshield.

Vehicles that do not comply with safety regulations cannot be used to transport students until all defects are corrected and a trooper rechecks the vehicle. In 2014, the KHP inspected 10,779 buses and other school vehicles for defects. Since 2010, the Kansas Highway Patrol has inspected 52,035 school buses.