Inspections Uncover Michigan School Bus Wins and Fails

The Michigan State Police released a school bus inspection report that found some districts' buses aren't up to snuff. Did yours make the cut?

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The school year is in full swing, which means that they yellow cheese wagon has probably become a staple in your child’s daily school rituals. But are they really safe?

Most parents just trust that school buses are well maintained but in reality, a lot really don’t know if the machines that lug their most precious cargo around are really up to code.

Luckily, the Michigan State Police has your back.

They take a look at all of the buses in Michigan each year, from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 of the following year, and categorize them as a “pass” (safe to drive), “yellow” (unsatisfactory but safe) or “red” (unsafe) bus. Buses that are marked as red must make the proper repairs before returning to the fleet and yellow buses must be repaired within 60 days of the original inspection. Note: Contact your individual school district for details on repairs and additional bus updates for the 2017-2018 school year.

This year yielded some surprising results, with some schools scoring big and others falling flat. Check out this roundup of local public school bus scores to find out how local public school districts did or check the full report for more extensive results.

Macomb

Anchor Bay Public Schools

  • Total buses: 47
  • Pass: 45
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

Armada Area Schools

  • Total buses: 19
  • Pass: 19
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Center Line Public Schools

  • Total buses: 13
  • Pass: 10
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 3

Chippewa Valley Schools

  • Total buses: 81
  • Pass: 76
  • Yellow: 3
  • Red: 2

Eastpointe Community Schools

  • Total buses: 24
  • Pass: 22
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

Fitzgerald Public Schools

  • Total buses: 15
  • Pass: 11
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 4

Fraser Public Schools

  • Total buses: 34
  • Pass: 22
  • Yellow: 4
  • Red: 8

Lake Shore Public Schools

  • Total buses: 9
  • Pass: 7
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

Lakeview Public Schools

  • Total buses: 7
  • Pass: 5
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools

  • Total buses: 93
  • Pass: 85
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 7

Macomb Intermediate School District

  • Total buses: 147
  • Pass: 141
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 5

Mount Clemens Community Schools

  • Total buses: 7
  • Pass: 5
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

New Haven Community Schools

  • Total buses: 19
  • Pass: 15
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 4

Richmond Community Schools

  • Total: 13
  • Pass: 9
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 2

Roseville Community Schools

  • Total: 22
  • Pass: 15
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 7

South Lake Schools

  • Total: 11
  • Pass: 10
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 0

Utica Community Schools

  • Total buses: 226
  • Pass: 216
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 9

Van Dyke Public Schools

  • Total buses: 19
  • Pass: 17
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

Warren Consolidated Schools

  • Total buses: 83
  • Pass: 73
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 8

Warren Woods Public Schools

  • Total buses: 18
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 4

Oakland

Avondale Schools

  • Total buses: 18
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 4

Berkley Schools

  • Total buses: 16
  • Pass: 12
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 3

Birmingham Public Schools

  • Total buses: 79
  • Pass: 76
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 1

Bloomfield Hills Schools

  • Total buses: 58
  • Pass: 58
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Brandon School District

  • Total buses: 29
  • Pass: 25
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 4

Clarenceville School District

  • Total buses: 12
  • Pass: 7
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 3

Clarkston Community Schools

  • Total buses: 56
  • Pass: 54
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 2

Clawson Public Schools

  • Total buses: 6
  • Pass: 6
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Farmington Public Schools

  • Total buses: 89
  • Pass: 86
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 2

Ferndale Schools

  • Total buses: 13
  • Pass: 12
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

Hazel Park Schools

  • Total buses: 8
  • Pass: 8
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Holly Area School District

  • Total buses: 29
  • Pass: 28
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 0

Huron Valley Schools

  • Total buses: 87
  • Pass: 41
  • Yellow: 10
  • Red: 36

Lake Orion Community Schools

  • Total buses: 66
  • Pass: 56
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 8

Novi Community School District

  • Total buses: 37
  • Pass: 37
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Oak Park Schools

  • Total buses: 42
  • Pass: 36
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 4

Oxford Community Schools

  • Total buses: 54
  • Pass: 51
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 1

Rochester Community Schools

  • Total buses: 117
  • Pass: 109
  • Yellow: 7
  • Red: 1

Royal Oak Schools

  • Total buses: 26
  • Pass: 24
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

School District of the City of Pontiac

  • Total buses: 65
  • Pass: 41
  • Yellow: 10
  • Red: 14

Southfield Public Schools

  • Total buses: 154
  • Pass: 121
  • Yellow: 6
  • Red: 27

South Lyon Community Schools

  • Total buses: 60
  • Pass: 60
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

The Lamphere Schools

  • Total buses: 14
  • Pass: 13
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 0

Troy School District

  • Total buses: 70
  • Pass: 67
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 1

Walled Lake Consolidated School District

  • Total buses: 107
  • Pass: 104
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 1

Waterford School District

  • Total buses: 52
  • Pass: 46
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 6

West Bloomfield School District

  • Total buses: 53
  • Pass: 51
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

Washtenaw

Ann Arbor Public Schools

  • Total buses: 122
  • Pass: 122
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Chelsea School District

  • Total buses: 30
  • Pass: 30
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Dexter Community Schools

  • Total buses: 42
  • Pass: 42
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

  • Total buses: 46
  • Pass: 44
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 0

Manchester Community Schools

  • Total buses: 17
  • Pass: 17
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Milan Area Schools

  • Total buses: 20
  • Pass: 20
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Saline Area Schools

  • Total buses: 47
  • Pass: 45
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

Whitmore Lake Public Schools

  • Total buses: 14
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Ypsilanti Community Schools

  • Total buses: 49
  • Pass: 41
  • Yellow: 5
  • Red: 3

Wayne

Allen Park Public Schools

  • Total buses: 14
  • Pass: 12
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

Crestwood School District

  • Total buses: 21
  • Pass: 18
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 1

Dearborn Heights School District 7

  • Total buses: 1
  • Pass: 1
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Dearborn City School District

  • Total: 86
  • Pass: 77
  • Yellow: 4
  • Red: 5

Detroit City School District

  • Total buses: 348
  • Pass: 244
  • Yellow: 34
  • Red: 70

Ecorse Public Schools

  • Total buses: 3
  • Pass: 1
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 0

Flat Rock Community Schools

  • Total buses: 16
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

Garden City Public Schools

  • Total buses: 23
  • Pass: 19
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 2

Gibraltar School District

  • Total buses: 26
  • Pass: 24
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

Grosse Ile Township Schools

  • Total buses: 14
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Grosse Pointe Public School System

  • Total buses: 7
  • Pass: 6
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

Hamtramck Public Schools

  • Total buses: 9
  • Pass: 8
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

Harper Woods District Schools

  • Total buses: 4
  • Pass: 3
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

Huron School District

  • Total buses: 30
  • Pass: 26
  • Yellow: 3
  • Red: 1

Lincoln Park Public Schools

  • Total buses: 5
  • Pass: 4
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

Livonia Public Schools

  • Total buses: 88
  • Pass: 83
  • Yellow: 3
  • Red: 2

Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools

  • Total buses: 21
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 5

Northville Public Schools

  • Total buses: 41
  • Pass: 29
  • Yellow: 8
  • Red: 4

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

  • Total buses: 135
  • Pass: 134
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 0

Redford Union Schools

  • Total buses: 25
  • Pass: 14
  • Yellow: 6
  • Red: 5

River Rouge School District

  • Total buses: 14
  • Pass: 10
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 3

Romulus Community Schools

  • Total buses: 46
  • Pass: 32
  • Yellow: 5
  • Red: 9

Southgate Community Schools

  • Total buses: 11
  • Pass: 10
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 1

South Redford School District

  • Total buses: 21
  • Pass: 15
  • Yellow: 4
  • Red: 2

Taylor School District

  • Total buses: 58
  • Pass: 46
  • Yellow: 9
  • Red: 3

Trenton Public Schools

  • Total buses: 16
  • Pass: 16
  • Yellow: 0
  • Red: 0

Van Buren Public Schools

  • Total buses: 58
  • Pass: 45
  • Yellow: 8
  • Red: 5

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

  • Total buses: 82
  • Pass: 68
  • Yellow: 12
  • Red: 2

Westwood Community School District

  • Total buses: 23
  • Pass: 6
  • Yellow 1
  • Red: 16

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

  • Total buses: 39
  • Pass: 37
  • Yellow: 2
  • Red: 0

Wyandotte Public Schools

  • Total buses: 5
  • Pass: 3
  • Yellow: 1
  • Red: 1

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