Thousands of Indiana school buses have been cited for safety violations over the last year, including many with serious issues that could put students at risk.
WTHR-TV in Indianapolis obtained inspection results for every Indiana school bus and found that the number of buses ordered out of service for serious violations has jumped 35 percent over the past five years.
Indiana State Police troopers inspect every school bus at least once a year. They say no more than 10 percent of a district’s buses should be ordered placed out of service during the inspection.
But WTHR found rates as high as 49 percent for the Illinois Central Bus Co. serving Gary Community Schools.
Chief operating officer Kevin Mest says the company plans to do a better job.
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