The Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) Transportation Department has earned the highest rating on a Michigan State school bus safety inspection report for the 2017-2018 school year. Michigan State Police (MSP) annually inspect all Michigan public school buses to determine if they meet state and federal safety specifications. Brakes, steering, suspension, first aid kits, warning lights, safety equipment, and overall mechanical equipment are among the items reviewed during the annual inspection. Vehicles that have been inspected are identified with a sticker placed on either the right front windshield or the window beside the driver. The inspection sticker displays the MSP Motor Carrier Division “shield” and the date of the last inspection. The annual LISD bus inspection this year was completed in October 2017. The inspections were completed within a two-week period. Keeping our buses in good repair is critical to the safety of our students and staff and the LISD takes this responsibility seriously.
During the inspection process, vehicles found to have at least one item that either has the potential to cause a breakdown or pose a passenger safety hazard are then labeled with either a red or yellow tag. Tagged vehicles may need either immediate attention or only minor repairs. If the vehicle has no repairs needed, it will receive a “pass” rating which means it meets all inspection standards and is approved for use on the road. Vehicles with a red tag are required to be repaired right away before continuing on the road. Vehicles receiving a yellow tag are satisfactory and safe for operation, but must be repaired 60 days.
The LISD’s fleet is maintained with a regular maintenance schedule by the district’s two mechanics. The buses are on a preventative maintenance schedule to ensure they are in good working order and safe for the road. In addition, Transportation’s inventory ensures that necessary supplies are available to help ensure that buses needing repair are able to quickly return to the road. The ongoing success of the LISD Transportation bus safety record is a tribute to the entire Transportation staff. Many times, the bus drivers and other staff riding the bus are the ones to identify a mechanical need to be addressed. Without the conscientious efforts to report these items to the mechanic staff, it would be easy to miss items in need of repair.
The LISD fleet passed 100% on their inspection this year with no red or yellow tags. This is the eighth consecutive year that LISD has received a 100% pass rating by the Michigan State Police. Congratulations to the entire LISD Transportation Department for a job well done!