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MassDOT Conducts School Bus Inspections in Southwick

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB)– State inspectors were in Southwick as part of the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s annual bus inspection program.

They looked at a dozen buses from the Southwick-Granville-Tolland regional school district checking for any potential safety hazards.

“We do a thorough review of the internal, external, and under structure. I view the engine and it’s components and I’m looking for any damage or inconsistency.” said state inspector Carl Theimer

If the inspector finds any problems with the bus, it’s immediately flagged and then taken off the road until it can be fixed.

Friday, an inspector checked out 12 of the 32 buses on the lot, and flagged one for repairs.

“I discovered that one of the shock absorbers. The lower securement bolt had broken. This is something a driver would not have been able to see in a normal pre-trip inspection.” said Theimer

That bus was taken to a mechanic and repaired before it was re-inspected and given the all clear.

The rest of the buses serving the district will be inspected in the coming days.

“We have a duty at the RMV to make sure that over 500,000 children on our buses and on our roadways safely,” says Mass. Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue

The RMV says they inspect close to 27,000 vehicles across the state every year.


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