FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Fort Wayne Community Schools start back up on August 14th. That's why Indiana State Police and transportation staff are hard at work making sure the buses are ready for the new year.
"Brakes, tires, fuel line, brake line, some of the electronic components, lights, doors, first aid, fire extinguishers," are all things that will be inspected according to Sgt. Ron Galaviz.
Galaviz said even the smallest problems are fixed before drivers hit their routes.
"If they find something even as simple as a headlight out, that bus is not allowed to roll out until the school corporation has made the necessary changes and had that reinspected," he said.
It might take a couple days to go through all 300 buses, but for 16,000 kids that take them to school every day, it makes all the difference.
Buses that are older than 12 years are required to be inspected twice a year. This year FWCS have some buses that are right off the line, though. And they have new equipment-- seat belts.
"We purchased 26 buses this year. All of those are equipped with lap shoulder seat belts. And that's just one more aspect of safety for our students," said Frank Jackson, FWCS Director of Transportation.
Jackson said the seat belts will eventually be required in all school buses, but for now, any student who rides a bus with belts is required to wear them.
"We're proactive here in Fort Wayne Community Schools. We want to be ahead of the game and make sure that we're prepared when that decision is made," Jackson said.
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