The Orleans Parish public school district has been on notice for failing buses this year. They had until later this month to get all of the buses properly inspected and licensed. They are near that goal, but for districts still have failing buses according to NOLA.com.
96% of the buses now pass, and the superintendent has given the remaining four schools an extension because they “have demonstrated significant progress”. The schools have said they expect the repairs and inspections to be complete by the end of February or March.
There are also signs that bus regulations are also getting enforced more often now that the city has taken over the task. Back in December, only 58% of school buses had proper permits. Enforcement has been difficult because each school was self-regulating until recently. A new working group has been formed to look for long-term solutions to the problem.
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After the horrific accident in December that injured nine students after a bus overturned, we are glad that the city has stepped in to take control of the situation. Improved inspections and regulation of bus drivers will help keep students safer on the roads. Hopefully there won’t be another case like that ever again.
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