Iowa School Bus Inspection System Has Gaps
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Almost 100 Iowa school buses have been repeatedly labeled unsafe to transport children in the past five years.
The Des Moines Register reports that gaps in the bus inspection system make it possible for busses to return to service without being fixed.
Iowa rules don't require reinspections of buses that have been deemed unsafe, so it's up to school districts to make sure repairs are done.
The state inspectors also don't keep detailed records about what repairs are needed after the inspections of more than 7,500 school vehicles are done.
And there are no penalties for districts with repeat safety problems.
Iowa Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, says the Register's findings suggest that state bus inspection rules may need to be reviewed.
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