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School bus inspection held in Southwick

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Inspectors from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were inspecting about a dozen school buses in Southwick Friday morning.

All school buses in the state are inspected three times a year as part of a mandate by the state.

The MassDOT reports there are about 9,000 school buses in the state carrying nearly half a million children across the state every day.

Bus drivers inspect their vehicles every day, but the inspections on Friday were a top to bottom check of nearly 200 specific items. Inspector Carl Theimer said some repairs are relatively minor.

During an inspection Friday, he found a broken bolt holding a shock absorber. The bus was taken to the garage a short distance away, repaired then reinspected. The bus passed and was issued a compliance sticker.

Not only is the mechanical system inspected, all lights and safety equipment are also looked at.

Sometimes the repairs are more serious and require the bus to be taken out of service until the problem is fixed. Children are not allowed to set foot on the bus until it has passed a new inspection.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Celia J. Blue said these types of inspections are important because safety is a top priority.

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