State Orders Inspection Of School Buses

Public school systems across the state have been instructed to inspect every bus in their fleet, after a fire on a school bus earlier this month.

A bus driver in Charlotte acted quickly to get all the children safely off a burning bus on February 8. State officials say the fire started because of a worn out wire covering, that may have caused a short, and then the fire.

"We were very fortunate that the incident earlier this month did not result in any injuries to students or the bus driver," said NCDPI School Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham. "In that situation, only six students were on the bus, and the school bus driver reacted quickly and evacuated all students well before flames entered the passenger area. Now that we have more information about the likely cause of this fire, we want to use this information to be more diligent in preventing any other incidents."

Now school systems have been directed to check the intake heater wires on all buses to make sure fires like that one don't happen again.

In North Carolina, approximately 13,700 school buses transport public school students to school, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.


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  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    School Busses get an annual inspection, same as your car. The integrity of the inspector determines the real value of the inspection. Something like a chafed wiring harness will trigger inspections for that specific issue and may lead to a manufacturers recall to upgrade the part(s), just as automobile manufacturers do.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:05 AM
    SOME BODY HELP ME! These vehicles carry children countless hours and miles to and from buildings for education. Then back to what is expected to the fold of the security of their homes. This articles reads as if "BUSES" DO NOT go through yearly inspections like a private or commercial vehicle does. I would think that they would go through more stringent cycles of inspections or on an "HOURLY" basis. Certain Marine aircraft components get pulled from planes after a certain number of "HOURS" to be checked thuroughly. IT takes a "tragidty" for statewide inspections to be called????? I am baffled! How frequently are the various "activity buses" checked. WE must take into consideration that they travel further distances on more open highways.
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