The Wentzville School District Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on March 26-27 and was found to have an approval rate of 98% for first-time presentations. For reference, the statewide average last year was 90.6%.
Of the 169 buses presented for inspection, three minor defects were identified, including two loose seat cushions, three turn signal bulbs that were out, and a small exhaust leak. The repairs, re-inspections and approvals were all received while the MSHP inspection team was still on site.
The 98% first-time approval rate qualifies the WSD Transportation Department fleet for the Missouri State Highway Patrol ‘Certificate of Fleet Excellence’ award which is announced each summer following the conclusion of all state-wide school bus inspections. "Every year the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts a thorough inspection of our fleet to ensure that our buses meet the state safety standards,” said David Wilson, Director of Transportation for the District. “I am more than extremely proud of our Transportation Team. From our drivers performing pre-trip inspections, to our mechanics performing preventive maintenance and making repairs, it takes everyone working together to achieve these results. It is a testament to the Transportation staff's dedication and effort." Last year, WSD buses traveled over 1,928,734 miles and safely transported over 10,000 students every school day.