Provo School District has received a triple A school bus safety inspection award for a second consecutive year.
According to Phil Lott, director of transportation and maintenance, Provo was one of 24 districts to receive the rating out of 60 districts from throughout the state. The rating was awarded following Utah Highway Patrol safety inspections.The state patrol inspects everything from cleanliness and clearance lights to the brakes and exhaust system. The inspection is thorough, according to the district's head mechanic, Boyd Williams.
In order to receive the award, the district is allowed to only have three discrepancies in two separate inspections.
Williams said the district had two, one for a chipped window that was not fixed to standard and another for a bulb that was out in a tail light.
"One little thing will hold you back from the award," he told school board members Tuesday. "We have managed to stay on top of it."
Williams attributed the triple A success to bus drivers reporting problems quickly and to monthly checks on buses and other district vehicles.
"This is the place that is of the most value in the district to injuries. We rely on a safe bus fleet," said David Weight, school board chairman.
The district maintains 30 buses and 28 maintenance vehicles.