ATLANTA—As school systems across Georgia begin the new school year, officials with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division say they have completed their annual school bus inspections and the buses are ready to resume their normal operations. “Officers have inspected almost 20,000 school buses across the state during the past 12 months,” said Major Gene Davis, Commander of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division.
Georgia law requires each school bus that is owned or operated by a state, county or municipal government, or under contract by any independent school system be inspected annually to ensure the vehicle is in a safe operating condition. “The annual school bus inspections have historically been instrumental in locating potential problems before mechanical breakdowns occur,” said Major Davis.
During the inspection, officers check the tires, brakes, exhaust system, fluids, belts, hoses, headlights, marker lights, stop lights, and mirrors. Any defects found must be corrected before the school bus is put in service to transport children, and a school bus certificate of safety inspection is issued.