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School bus safety in Michigan

Hundreds of districts in Michigan operate 16,000 school buses.

According to MLive, in a recent 100 point inspection assessment, which covers inside the engine and the on-board fire extinguisher, 80% of buses received passing grades.

School buses are rated in three categories: “Pass,” “Yellow,” and “Red.”

When a bus receives a pass rating the vehicle is in a satisfactory condition and road ready.

The yellow category means a repair is needed and must be addressed within 60 days.

The red category means a repair is needed before it can be used in the field.

Michigan school buses in our area have passing rates that range from as low as 58% to 95.5%.

For more details on the study, you can visit the Inspection Reports by District.


School DistrictsPassYellowRedPassing Rate 
Berrien RESA211095.5%
Berrien Springs Public Schools184372%
Benton Harbor Area Schools61175%
Benton Harbor Charter Schools41080%
Cassopolis Public Schools 72358.3%
Niles Public Schools 295967.4%
St. Joseph Public Schools 104262.5%
Van Buren Public Schools 665488%
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