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.
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