COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Each year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sends a transportation consultant to test the school buses in each county.
The consultant gives little or no warning and tests 10% of the fleet. Each bus goes through a 400-point inspection and receives points based on how many problems or defects are found.
The inspection score for the Columbus County fleet was 61.73. A total of 46% of buses that were tested were taken out of service immediately following the 2010-2011 inspection because they were not fit to be on the roads, according to the N.C. Department of Instruction’s Transportation Services.
That means that seven buses needed to be fixed. If that percentage was applied to the entire fleet, 69 school buses could have issues.
During 2009-2010, the school system received a 51.93 inspection score. Both numbers are well over the 37.70 average for the school districts in the Central region.
Here is a list of how other area counties scored: