NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Each year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sends a transportation consultant to test the school buses in each county.
The consultant gives little or no warning and tests 10% of the fleet. Each bus goes through a 400-point inspection and receives points based on how many problems or defects are found.
The 2010-2011 inspection score for the New Hanover County fleet was 51.32. A total of six buses were taken out of service immediately following the inspection because they were not fit to be on the roads, according to the N.C. Department of Instruction’s Transportation Services. That number represented 32% of the buses that were inspected, which when applied to the fleet could mean that 60 buses may have issues.
The fleet is above the 43.34 average for the school districts in the East region. During 2009-2010, the school system received a 28.37 inspection score.
Here is a list of how other area counties scored: