LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There are 16,000 school buses in our state and the Michigan State Police school bus inspection program, at one point, failed to revisit 70 percent of the buses that were found to be defective.
But authorities are now claiming every school bus in the state is safe for your children.
A recent audit of the school bus safety inspection program recently pointed out that the state police inspected school buses and about 20 percent of those were not in compliance with safety standards. The violations included both minor and major including defects that could be dangerous.
The schools were ordered to fix the problems but turns out the state re-inspected only 30 percent of the defective vehicles.
Or put another way, 70 percent of the buses on the road at that time were never re-inspected to make sure the corrections were made.
“If you’re going to inspect it the first time but not the second time, what good is the first inspection?,” asked Rep. Peter Lucid.
Under the Granholm administration, the entire bus inspection program was scrapped.
Then in 2011, under the Snyder administration, the legislature reduced the funding which sliced the number of inspectors from 12 to only four.
The state police report the failure to re-inspect 70 percent of the buses was due to budget constraints.
“In years past we had a shortage in our manpower so we allow the local mechanics to do those inspections,” said MSP Captain Michael Krumm.
The captain now reports over 90 percent of all buses have been checked and re-checked this time.
So are the buses safe? “Absolutely,” insists Cap. Krumm. “I have children who ride the buses everyday and I have no regrets whatsoever of putting our children on any bus in the state of Michigan.”