OUR VIEWS: GHAPS bus inspections concerning

Oct 2, 2012


This year started off on a great note, with GHAPS receiving a Certificate of Excellence from the Michigan State Police Department for successful school bus safety inspections.

Every year the state police inspect every school district’s buses to ensure they are safe. For several years in a row Grand Haven Schools passed every inspection with flying colors.

Every bus is rated into one of three categories:
Pass — nothing wrong.
Yellow — repairs need to be made, but bus is still considered safe.
Red — repairs need to be made before the bus can transport anyone.

For the first quarter inspection in 2012, the fleet of 54 buses all passed. Then, in June, their fleet of 56 didn’t fare so well. Only 29 passed, one was rated yellow, and a whopping 26 were rated red.

It makes one wonder what happened to cause such a drastic change.

Perhaps those responsible for maintaining the buses didn’t stay on top of things as well as they had in the past. If so, we hope the school district is keeping a closer eye on these safety issues as they transport our local children.

Perhaps the inspections are not consistent. One thing may be OK to one inspector, while another may feel the need to flag it. If so, we hope inspections are done adequately and consistently to ensure the safety of bus passengers.

The good news is, the entire Grand Haven bus fleet was repaired as needed in time for the start of the school year. After the last disappointing inspection, let’s hope they’re able to get back on track and receive excellent ratings once again.

After all, they’re carrying very precious cargo each morning and afternoon.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Rumor has it the state hired an inspector who used to be a mechanic that had a hard time obtaining/retaining his certifications. I'm not sure why the state would hire an incompetent ex-mechanic to be, of all things a bus inspector. That would definately explain why Grand Haven, Zeeland and other school districts would be getting red flagged.


Do you really need to ask "why the state would hire an incompetent ex-mechanic to be, of all things a bus inspector?"

Get real ..it's the State you're talking about .. :-)


To 'Despises',
I don't need to ask the question, just a little sarcasm that's all. Sorry if it offended you.


I still go back to my comment on the initial story published of are our districts "up to par" with the age of their buses? I know many districts have had to put bus purchases on hold due to financial constraints. I guess I am just curious if Grand Haven and Spring Lake's fleet is "aging" and that is why the number of red flags are what I would perceive as high. I vaguely remember Spring Lake buying old Grand Haven buses, but I think that was like 10 years ago. I'm guessing those are gone by now. Just curious.

Although it's odd that in a year a district can go from zero to 26, I still wonder if this is part of the problem. At one point within the past 5 years, I'm pretty sure SL was also operating buses from the 1980s.


its subjective so its not surprising, whats ok for one mechanic gets flagged by the next


Maybe someone needs to ask the Michigan State Police those questions. These inspector fall under the direction of the Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Division. I believe several districts across the state have contracted buses service with Dean's Transportation service. I would like to know how those contract services have come out.


hey newspaperlawyer, going from worrying about firetrucks to school buses now huh? How is it going Wes?

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How about the GHAPS spend some of the 1 million dollars that they use for athletics and spend it on the buses? It seems like a better way to spend our tax dollars.




Oh i forgot the school is here teach kids how to play basketball.


Correct. Thank you for clarifying. Go Bucs!!!


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