CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The results of nearly 12,000 school bus inspections in Missouri have been released.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 11,934 school buses were inspected from February 2 to April 30, 2012.
Supervisor Colonel Ron Replogle says Missouri's 2012 statewide approval rating was 88.3%, compared to 87.7% in 2011.
The 2012 statewide results are as follows:
-10,538 buses received approval upon initial inspection. During the annual school bus program, officials say buses found to be free of defective items are rated as approved.
-1,157 buses were deemed defective upon initial inspection. Buses with one or more minor defective items, yet deemed safe for the transport of students, are rated as defective.
-239 buses were placed out-of-service upon initial inspection. Buses with one or more major defective items are deemed to be unsafe for the transport of students and are rated as out-of-service by inspection personnel.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the buses rated as defective may continue to be operated for the purpose of pupil transportation until repair is made.
School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel.
Buses placed out-of-service by inspectors must be repaired, then re-inspected and placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to being used for the transportation of students.
A total of 256 Missouri school districts will be awarded the distinction of 'Total Fleet Excellence' for approval ratings of 90% or higher with no buses placed out-of-service.
Requests for information pertaining to the 2012 annual school bus inspection program may be directed to MVI Analyst Brenda J.Davis via e-mail.