ALBANY, N.Y. -- School bus safety is one of the biggest concerns a parent has when it comes to sending their children back to school, since that bus ride is how most children begin and end each day.
Many parents may think as they get their kids ready for school, bus companies and school districts are getting their bus companies ready for the school year. But it's actually a misconception, the safety checks are state mandated and going on year round
Everyday a child gets on a school bus; parents want to feel assured that ride to and from school is safe. So we went along with a New York State bus safety supervisor to find out what goes into an inspection.
Thomas Ward is the region one bus safety supervisor for New York's Department of Transportation.
Ward says in addition to the state's checks, each school district or bus company is responsible for doing a daily inspection on every bus before it heads out to pick up children.
"It's very repetitive what we do, but that helps us to find problems, because we're doing the same thing every day, if something is different, it jumps out at us," he said. "We get asked a lot, what do you do during the summer when school is closed? Well, 6 months prior to that, we were inspecting a bus, and in order to get them all fit into the schedule, 6 months we inspect it again, whether it's in July or August, we can't stop and try to ramp up by September 1st, it's just not possible."
Find out more about the Bus Safety Inspection program HERE.
Find out more about bus safety inspection results for 2012-2013 HERE.