Search Shows Most Buses From Local Companies Failed Initial Inspections

negbaTLS has learned that most bus local bus companies have failed the MVC’s initial inspections, and only corrected the violations after which the buses failed. A search on several bus companies – which can be accessed on the MVC site here – indicate that most buses from other companies also failed, even though the company knew about the inspection in advance, and had the time to correct the issues prior.

The company recently under fire on the other hand, was targeted with a surprise inspection, as first reported by TLS.

A search on Negba and other local companies, shows that most violations have since been corrected.

The inspection issue, is not connected to the recent allegations of a local bus comany regarding the company’s reliabilty and performance recently reviewed by the Board Of Education.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. the fact that most failed does not speak well for their concern about the quality of service they provide ,in this case transportation of student . You cannot justify saying most failed to make it seem that its no big deal. If I was a parent with children using school bus service i would be very concerned with this report ,obviously there needs to be more stringent oversight to ensure they comply with the safety of transporting students

  2. The fact is that when the school has their own busses as in brooklyn things seem to work. I don’t think anyone was trying to say that lakewood new jersey is brooklyn

  3. The failed inspections are not for mechanical reasons. Those rigorous inspections are twice a year with sever penalties for failing. They fail for not having enough band aids in the first aid kit. Relax!

  4. There are over 100 bulbs on a schoolbus. You fail if even 1 isn’t working. Most of the things that our buses fail for, are silly! Take a chill!

  5. I can tell you as a bus driver the one time my bus failed was I had headlights when I went into the yard and when they got ready to do the inspection the fuse blew and no lights, took 2 seconds to fix fuse and bus was passed. They can also fail you if you have dirt on the floor and if your seatbelts are not up properly. Alot of things they fail for are so minor it’s crazy.

  6. Brakes, tires and headlights are not small issues. Allot of these busses are 10 years old the max allowed by law is 12 years. After a vehicle has 200,000+ miles and is 10-11 years old they have allot of issues with wiring, mechanical and drivability there are inspection 2 times a year for a reason, there are laws for a reason, this is the safety of our kids we are takinging about. There is a reason most of the busses don’t pass the initial inspection they are in such poor condition and are fixed just enough to pass the inspection then they fall below standards and are not fixed again till they fail inspection.

  7. we all visit the state offices all the time for lisence renewal and other reasons. i have never seen any one with an iq over 5 working there, new jersey is known to be a leader in being a crook when it comes to these kind of things, if a bus fails inspection it could very well meen that the bus was missing a pencil in the 1st aid kit…

    busses transpoting kids still need to be safe no mater if it passes inspection or not

  8. To No. 16

    The maximum is 12 years for “school service” not 13 and after that they may be used privately as personal vehicles or for churches, camps, etc. but may not drive children to and from school.

    On that note 12 years doesn’t factor in for Lakewood, most towns in NJ only have their buses on the road for 4 hours a day at most. In Lakewood many buses are on the road for 8+ hours per day creating more wear and tear. I can tell you from experience that a bus that has been in service for 12 years in Lakewood really should not be on the road but companies in Lakewood are too cheap to buy new ones voluntarily. I don’t know if the Lakewood Board of Education has the authority to but they should stipulate in contracts that school vehicles can be no older then 8-10 years old to transport students.

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