I-Team: How often do school buses get inspected?

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – The state inspects school buses three times a year and the 22News I-Team was there as they were doing it Friday in Southwick.

The I-Team did some digging to find out what condition the buses in our area are in.

We found that last year hundreds of buses were written up for something; some defects as minor as writing on the seats or as serious as molding on the floor and bad breaks.

In fact, a bus failed while we were there at the inspection but within minutes the bus was fixed again and put back on the road.

Experts say defects are found because their inspection is so thorough. According to Margaret Rohanna, the School Bus Program Manager at MassDOT, “You always want to be concerned for yourself and your children, but I believe in this program wholeheartedly. We inspect these vehicles three times a year, it’s a very comprehensive inspection, we take appropriate action when the vehicle fails or is taken out of service.”

The 22News I-Team is continuing to go through the inspections we have from a number of western Massachusetts communities. Stay with us for our full investigation on 22News next week.

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