Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance division visited the Cherokee County School District bus garage in Holly Springs this week to conduct their annual inspection of the school district’s transportation fleet.
More than 400 regular route buses, special education services and substitute buses were checked in preparation for the 2013-14 school year. The inspections were completed this week, with all CCSD buses passing.
“I was present for many of the inspections, and the officers were very complimentary on the high level of maintenance of our fleet,” CCSD Transportation Director Ken Johnson said. “I have personally thanked each of the technicians for a job well done.”
CCSD’s bus fleet transports around 23,000 students on morning routes and 26,000 students in the afternoon, which is about 70 percent of the student population. The CCSD Transportation Department runs 1,500 routes each school day, for a total of more than 4.5 million miles each year.
Each bus must pass inspection with the Georgia Department of Public Safety annually, or the vehicle cannot be used to transport school children. Inspectors check emergency exits, horns, lights, brake systems and other safety features to ensure the buses are ready to carry students.