4.29.15: District receives perfect score on winter school bus inspection
4.29.15: District receives perfect score on winter school bus inspection
Posted on 04/29/2015

The Puyallup School District school bus fleet achieved a 100 percent passing rate during its annual Washington State Patrol inspection in January.


Each of the 47 buses inspected met state safety standards in the inspection, which looks at items such as brakes, lights, tires, emergency doors and hatches, STOP paddles, crossing arms, and brake fluids.


The nearly 50 buses represent about a quarter of the district’s entire bus fleet, said Cathy McDaniel, the school district’s director of transportation.

“This is great news for our department, which has worked hard to improve the health of our fleet and maintain safe buses,” she said.


School buses are inspected twice each year — once during an unannounced visit in winter, which looks at 25 percent of the fleet, and again with a planned Washington State Patrol visit sometime between March and August.


During the planned visit, each of the more than 180 school buses and all district support vehicles are inspected.


Washington State Patrol inspection results have been trending upward in recent years, McDaniel said, as the district has been investing in more new school buses. This year’s 100 percent winter inspection follows a nearly perfect summer inspection last year, when almost all of the district’s school buses and district support vehicles passed inspection.


The district also recently learned it is the only school district statewide to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rebate to offset the cost of four school buses that will replace older models and reduce emissions.