Issues found during school bus inspections

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio State Patrol is making its rounds to school bus garages this year in an effort to keep kids safe outside, and inside the bus.

But what are they inspecting?

According to OSP Trooper Todd Mullins, his three man team will inspect 14-hundred buses before the school year starts.

“I’d say 90 to 95 percent of the school districts are doing a great job of keeping their buses up to par. But it does help to have that second set of eyes inspecting it,” he tells us.

Trooper Mullins says everything on the bus is checked on the interior and exterior. He says everything from lights, emergency exit alarms, brakes, under-body rust, oil and windshield wiper fluid levels are checked.

He tells us he’s seeing a few common repairs the buses need before the start of the school year.

“All of the school districts, we’ve found a few leaking gas tanks, a few brake issues. But most of the issues are repairable by the mechanics that they have,” Mullins said.

Trooper Mullins team, along with 18 year veteran mechanic of Springfield City Schools Mark Howard made the safety inspections today. He tells us that the Springfield City Schools buses are in great shape.

While many students may relax on their summer holiday, Mark is busy making sure thousands of students stay safe this year.

“It’s rewarding to know that the kids are safe. And the buses are in good running condition.”

Trooper Mullins emphasized that the OSP does a random check-in on each bus throughout the year to ensure every bus remains safe after their August inspection. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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