Mahwah parents putting their kids on the school bus each morning now have an online resource to check the bus's safety.
Since last fall, the
Motor Vehicle Commission has released synopses of its semiannual school bus
inspections online. Its site was recently updated with the summertime inspections.
Parents can search the
database by bus company name, district, or zip code, and then look for specific
bus numbers to see how the buses fared during their August inspections.
According to the
database, of the buses owned by the Mahwah Board of Education, 50% passed
initial inspection. The rest either received an out-of-service rejection, or a
30-day defect notice.
All of the buses received approval upon reexamination,
according to the online report.
Reports for buses that
initially failed inspection indicate what the issues were, and on what date the
buses passed re-inspection.
Searchable reports are
also available for the contracted bus companies the district uses, like the
Scholastic Busing Company.
transportation officials did not return calls Monday for comment on the report.