Tips for School Bus Inspection Day

Posted: Nov, 13th 2019

School bus inspections are important and being prepared will help the inspections go smoothly.  Indiana law requires the State Police Department to perform an annual inspection on all buses and a semi-annual inspection on buses at least 12 years old to ensure safe operation. ISP inspection procedures cover certain safety-related systems common to most school buses and multiple function school activity buses, regardless of manufacture. The procedures outlined in the inspection manual are designed to provide the safest mode of transportation for students, help prevent the occurrence of crashes and injuries, and ideally lower the cost of operation and maintenance for those school systems governed by this inspection program. What is expected during these inspections is outlined in  2019 School Bus Inspection Manual.

ITI has safety experts who can guide you through what to expect and how to best prepare your fleet for inspection. Our school safety experts, who have performed these inspections, have the following tips:

  • Have all of the buses prepared for inspection.  ISP troopers are not a school’s maintenance person. The inspection will not go smoothly if the trooper comes to the school and the school representative is waiting on the trooper to inspect the buses and identify what needs to fixed in order to pass!  This situation could lead to re-inspection of the buses at a different location other than the school facility.  A different location could be anywhere from 50 to 100 miles away just to get them re-inspected.


  • Check with your local school bus trooper and determine what the expectation is when he or she arrives to inspect your buses.  Each trooper has a certain way they would like the buses presented.  Some troopers may want only a few drivers driving the buses as opposed to having each bus operated by the individual bus driver.  Having a few drivers may expedite the process; having too many drivers can cause confusion and possibly lengthen the inspection process.


  • Do not try to fix a rejected bus and bring it back in the line unless you have discussed it with the trooper first.  They work on a strict time frame and if you bring too many buses back in line, you may cause scheduling problems for the trooper’s next set of inspections.


  • The final tip is… always, always, bring donuts.