Wake School Bus Fleet to Get Re-Inspection

Posted May 23, 2007

— After one of the worst safety ratings in the state, the Wake County school bus fleet will be re-inspected Wednesday.

In a scoring system where zero is perfect, Wake County school buses went from 39 in 2001 to 94 in 2006. Maintenance problems ranged from low fluid levels and non-working dashboard lights to fuel leaks and faulty emergency exits.

Inspectors also found discrepancies with inventory of bus parts.

With nearly 840 buses that travel more than 14 million miles a year, school leaders said it was tough to keep up. Now, they are concentrating manpower on upkeep.

Employees are now spending more time inspecting buses for problems. Some mechanics are even working on Saturdays to catch up on the workload. The district also plans to hire six mechanics.


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  • InhisName aka CaryCrazzy May 24, 2007


  • djofraleigh May 23, 2007

    Busses (yes, this is a correct spelling and one that follows the rule taught in school) are safe transportation, even in Wake county. The child on the pavement is the one most at risk going to and from school, then those in private autos. Seat belts on straigh frame busses cause more injuries than they prevent. Turning the seats around to face backward would not cost and would prevent more injuries than seat belts.

    WCPSS transportation just had the multi-million theft scandal, then the child run over at a bus stop, and now this. Add to that the school board has to run over it's parents rather than win them over, and this county is a mess of poor leadership. Growth runs ahead of and has priority to our children's needs. We have a fourth of them in trailers, have whole elementary schools in trailers, without a single real structure, and have the kids on the roads for millions of miles a year. Yes, all this and we say we are proud of our school system.

  • mindyourown May 23, 2007

    More schools require more buses!! Fix the one's we have now!! Makes you wonder what the mechanics have been doing for last year!

  • speedy May 23, 2007

    14 million miles, maybe 7 miles per gallon, that's 2 million gallons of diesel at say...3 bucks a gallon.....Gee, 6 million bucks will build 2 schools, won't it? Cut out the busing and build neighborhood schools!

  • spiritwarriorwoman1 May 23, 2007

    Shameful inspection results, risking the lives of thousands of children daily. Thank God there have been as few accidents as there have been. And some say there are no angels and is no God. Behold!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Dr Holliday May 23, 2007

    When will state employees get their 4.25% raise?

  • Not_So_Dumb May 23, 2007


    Almost every post you say it is the fault of lack of money. Do you really believe that the fault in have unsafe buses is lack of money? If so, I really want to know what the priorities above basic child safety are that took those funds. I don't think there is anything more important than that. Clearly, this has shown there are.

  • superman May 23, 2007

    Buses cost money and no one wants to pay more taxes. The 1 billion dollar bond issue barely passed. People want the best but dont want to pay. Bus maint comes out of the schools operating budget and if you will recall the county commissioners dont want to fund the budget. Call or e-mail the CC and tell them to fund the schools request. And PS-- I dont have kids and dont work for Wake County. And yes I pay property taxes. Some of you are like kids yourselves-- you want your cake but dont want to pay for it.

  • Spongebob May 23, 2007

    If they were concerned about safety on the bus then we would have had seat belts a long time ago. If your child wasn't strapped in your car you'd be paying for it. My kids walk to school now but when we did ride a bus we were also sitting 3 kids in a seat. Then when it would hit a good bump one would fall off. But hey, that's they way to get them several miles to school.

  • Not_So_Dumb May 23, 2007

    The original inspection, which is 10% of the fleet, indicated that about 50% of those MUST be removed from service until the defects were corrected.

    I do not know what level of enforcement or follow-up exists to ensure this happens, so it could be nothing but words.

    And yes, it is a problem. The number and type of critical failures was alarming. Fuel leaks and no fire extinguisher reported for one bus. If that combination doesn't raise the red flag, I don't know what will.