New Jersey parents who want to learn how safe the school buses are that transport their children need only click their mouse, reports the Daily Record of Bergen County, N.J. About 70 percent of the 23,000 school buses in the state fail their initial inspection. The good news for parents is that 40 percent of those buses, which flunk for serious safety items, are immediately taken out of service by the state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), said spokeswoman Cathleen Lewis. Buses are inspected twice a year for 180 items, ranging from brakes to having band-aids in the first aid kit.


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