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Indiana State Police Launch Public Website Displaying School Bus Inspection Records

July 9, 2013
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  07/10/13 The Indiana State Police, in accordance with state law, conduct inspections of all school buses used to transport children to public and private schools. All buses are inspected annually. Buses more than 12 model years old are inspected biannually.

While school bus inspection reports are a public record, historically there was not a simple way for parents, school officials, or the public in general to view the thousands of inspection reports prepared by state police personnel each school year. To make school bus records more accessible the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), and Indiana Interactive, developed a public access portal website where school bus inspection records can be viewed from the comfort of a parents’ home computer.

The all encompassing goal of this public access portal website is to provide parents, school officials, and the public in general, an easy to navigate website with up-to-date school bus inspection information. To that end, other website owners are invited to make a direct link to the Indiana State Police school bus inspection public access portal website.

Taking a look at school busses in Marshall County, finds Argos with 14, Bremen with 19, Culver Community School Corporation with 25, the Culver Educational Foundation with 8, Plymouth Community Schools with 42, Triton School Corporation with 21, and St. Mary of the Lake with 1.  The ISP also checked 1 bus at the Boys and Girls Club.  The 8 busses for Marshall Starke Head Start were not inspected yet.

The public access portal website became operational on July 1, 2013. The website contains records from more than 30,000 inspections and will automatically update within days after future school bus inspections are conducted.

Access to this new service can be made in several ways:
Visit this Indiana State Police website link at http://www.in.gov/isp/2988.htm. Read the introduction information and then click this link: https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index.

You may also go directly to the site at: https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index

Once on the site, simply select the county where the school is located and follow the on screen directions to view selected school bus inspection records.

Refer to this helpful guide:
1. Select the County of the School Corporation
2. Select the School or School District
a. A pie-chart summary of the most recent annual inspection is displayed reflecting the initial inspection results.
b. The initial annual inspection results DO NOT reflect the current status of the bus fleet
i. To see only the Approved, Ordered Repaired or Out of Service inspection results from the original annual inspection, click on either Total Approved, Total Ordered Repaired, or Total Out of Service
ii. To see definitions of these categories, hover the mouse over the selection
3. To see the current status of any bus, select ‘View Inspections’
a. Select the PDF to the right to view the printable inspection record
b. To see historical inspection records of any bus select the bus number on the far left side of the screen
i. This displays all records for a specific bus dating back to Oct. 2011
ii. Select the PDF to the right to view the printable inspection report

The Indiana State Police encourage parents to use this valuable resource to track the inspection reports of their child’s school bus. The only information a parent needs to successfully navigate the website is the bus number of their child’s bus.

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