LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Even though school's out for summer, the Tippecanoe School Corporation's (TSC) bus fleet still has to pass the test which keeps them on the road.
"Check everything from the lights to the brake, steering, exhaust, interior, emergency exits," explained Indiana State Trooper Joel Flores. "I inspect the buses as if I had a child of my own riding on the bus."
TSC fleet manager Steve Leman said every one of the district's 160 buses has passed inspection the past 17 years. Flores said he was surprised when one of the corporation's bus didn't pass the test.
"The other trooper, he was checking underneath. Checking for brake issues or exhaust, suspension steering. He found a brake lining that was broken. That bus has been put out of service until they can repair it," Flores said.
The bus is expected to be repaired within the next day or so and Flores said troopers will come back to re-inspect it.
Leman said it's crucial for his team of mechanics to keep the buses in tip top shape.
"We're carrying the most precious cargo there is: everyone's children. Our intent is to keep these things absolutely as safe as they can be," Leman said.
The TSC does inspections of their own year round on all of the school buses. The district checks them at least three or four times a year.
"We have our own preventative maintenance schedule where they are scheduled in about every six weeks," he said. "There are probably 80 to 90 items that we physically check every time a bus comes through the shop."
Four school buses are missing from the inspection. The never-before-used buses were allegedly set on fire earlier this month.
"They have been ordered as of today," Leman said. "Delivery should be in October. That early in the year we should be able to cover those four without an issue."
Once those buses come in, state troopers will be back to inspect them.
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