School Bus

Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division’s 2019 annual school bus inspection program. A total of 11,958 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2019 program.

Of all buses inspected, 89.3% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection. During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as “approved.” Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as “defective.” Buses with a defective item which constitutes an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.”

Buses rated as “defective” may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made. School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being reinspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel.

Buses rated as “out of service” must be repaired, reinspected and then placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to transporting students. Buses not presented for reinspection within the required 10-day period are reported to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In the seven-county area districts earning a 100% bus approval rating were Junction Hill and Willow Springs in Howell County; Alton and Couch in Oregon County; Gainesville and Lutie in Ozark County; Eminence and Winona Springs in Shannon County and Cabool, Texas County.

Districts receiving a 70% approval rating or greater were Ava, Douglas County; Howell Valley, Richards and West Plains in Howell County; Oregon-Howell (Koshkongong); Thayer, Oregon County; Bakersfield and Thornfield in Ozark County; Summersville in Shannon County and Texas County; Houston, Texas County; Mtn. Grove in Texas County and Wright County; Ozark Horizon State School West Plains and Skyview State School, Mtn. Grove.

Districts earning a less than 70% approval rating were Dora, Douglas County; Fairview and Glenwood in Howell County; Mtn. View-Birch Tree in Howell and Shannon county and Norwood and Skyline in Wright County.    

Statewide, 10,672 buses were approved on initial inspection, 962 were rated “defective” and 324 rated “out of service.”

A total of 261 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award, obtaining an approval rating of 90% or higher with no buses placed out-of-service. During the 2019-2020 school year, 5,540 buses in these award-winning fleets are eligible to display the Total Fleet Excellence sticker in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger-entry side of the bus.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol works closely with schools and private pupil transportation companies to ensure our students have safe transportation to and from school-related events. This professional relationship is most evident during the annual school bus inspection and results in a successful program,” said Colonel Olson. “The annual school bus inspection program is just one way the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children and it will remain a priority.”

As Missouri school bus inspection results are a matter of public record. Individual school district results are available on the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division webpage at

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