Highway Patrol report shows school bus' clean inspection history

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Every year, Kansas and Missouri Highway Patrol troopers inspect school busses to make sure they are safe.

The bus involved in Wednesday's accident in Bonner Springs, Kan., is owned by Durham School Services out of Kansas City.

This makes it the responsibility of the Missouri highway patrol to inspect the company's buses.

The Highway Patrol's inspection reports received on Wednesday afternoon show no defects and a clean inspection history.

The bus was made in 2009 and last inspected in March of 2013 when it was approved for service.

The report supports the KHP who said there doesn't appear to be a mechanical issue involved in the accident.

Troopers have said it appears to be driver error. But what does it take to become a bus driver?

In Missouri, one must pass a written test and a driving test using the type of bus you will be operating.

The tests require you to demonstrate a variety of skills including loading and unloading children safely.

Next comes an inspection of driving history.

In addition, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires eight hours of continuing education each year. They also require a fingerprint background check and physical.

If the driver fails to pass a drug or alcohol test, your employer is required to notify the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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