CLEVELAND – A television news investigation revealed the overwhelming majority of Ohio school buses fail annual safety inspections, likely due to differences in how the vehicles are maintained.
ABC 5 conducted an exclusive investigation into the results of mandatory annual bus inspections conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol by looking at records for the 20 largest school district in the state.
The results show that out of 1,300 buses, 418 received “Out of Service” violations, the most serious category that requires repairs to important functions like brakes, tires, turn signals or horns. In all, 61 percent of the buses reviewed failed the annual inspection on the first attempt, despite a two-month warning to make repairs.
“Even so, our investigation found only one school district – Perry Local Schools in Massillon – passed annual inspection with zero safety violations,” according to the news site. “All 55 buses showed up for inspection in perfect working order – not even a minor violation.”
“For my mechanics, it’s an all-year-long process – maintaining our buses for safety standards throughout the year,” Perry bus manager Mitzi Wagner said.
Many other districts fared far worse.
At Solon City Schools, only six of 65 buses passed, and 25 were cited with “Out of Service” violations, while only seven of 79 Berea City Schools buses made the grade. A total of 31 of the Berea City buses were pulled from the road, ABC 5 reports.
The pass rate for Cleveland schools was 26 percent. Other…