State inspection finds handful of local buses in need of repair

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

REGION – The Michigan State Police recently released its annual school bus inspection report for the 2016/2017 school year, which showed vehicles in several Antrim and Kalkaska county school districts in need of repairs before transporting students.

The annual rating, which gauges whether the school buses are meeting statewide safety standards, identifies the condition of each vehicle inspected using three grades: “pass,” “yellow,” and “red.” Michigan law requires the repair of all "red" tag buses before they can be put back into passenger service.

All "yellow" tagged vehicles are school buses found in an unsatisfactory condition but still safe for operation. These school buses by law must be repaired within 60 days of the original inspection date.

A “pass” given to a bus indicates that it is in satisfactory condition.

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