MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue in May observed a round of school bus inspections at the Southwick-Granville-Tolland Regional School District as part of the RMV program that inspects 27,000 school buses each year across the Commonwealth.
Before a school bus may get on the road, the Registry’s Vehicle Compliance and Safety Services Unit has an obligation to assure each bus is functioning properly and equipped with all the tools necessary in case of an emergency. Each bus is inspected three times per year in December/January, April/May and August/September.
The rigorous inspection program covers everything from condition of the tires and brakes to the presence of a first aid kit, properly functioning windows and emergency doors.
“One of the Registry’s most important responsibilities is to make sure our children get safely to and from school each day,” said Registrar Blue. “We also ask that motorists be mindful while driving near school buses and avoid all distractions.”
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY BY THE NUMBERS:
ü 500,000 is the number of students transported by school bus each day
ü 10,000 is the number of licensed school bus operators in Massachusetts
ü 9,000 is the number of school buses in Massachusetts
ü 192 is the number of items to inspect on each bus via a 48-point checklist
ü 3 is the number of times each bus is inspected over a 12-month period
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