In many parts of the country, the schools have resumed and so many pupils and students will commute to and fro in their respective school buses daily.
Although, not such a common occurrence, school bus accidents, when it happens, do result in injuries and deaths and it’s quite painful because the victims obviously are mostly children.
The big question is, how safe are these buses? To a large extent, especially among the very elite private schools, from the exterior, we could say that they are in good condition.
.However, upon investigations, just like any vehicle is prone to, some of these school buses actually do have tons of defects in them. In fact, an Arizona Republic study recently conducted revealed that 3 out of 10 school buses have major defects in them which include;
Cracked or rotted tires
Emergency exits and alarms that do not work effectively
Seats that either weren’t completely secured to the floor or had their steel frames exposed.
Emergency brakes that do not work effectively
And so much more.
For the benefits of our readers , let me explain what a major defect in vehicle inspection at LACVIS is. A major defect is an error discovered in vehicles that has the capacity to cause life threatening accidents on the roads.
If after an inspection( which could be statutory or voluntary), a school bus has major defects, the bus is expected to be taken for repairs and re presented for a follow up inspection to determine if the defects are fixed and the bus is deemed safe for the roads.
Examples of major defects that can be found in a school bus include:
Inoperative emergency brakes
Inoperative brake tail light / parking lights
Low beam and high beam
Loose bumpers( sharp bumper edge)
Excessive oil leakage (minor)
improperly installed battery (minor)
worn steering components.
Missing brake pedal anti slip
Cracked bus frames and axles
Absence of windows and doors
The driver’s seat if it is comfortable or not
The distance between seats facing the same direction, it should be about 660 millimeters
The distance between seats facing opposite direction should be 1200 millimeters
Tyres with worn or damaged sidewall to the extent that the ply cord is exposed
Absence of fire extinguishers, C-CAUTION and the likes
It is imperative that schools authorities, parents, guardians, support the advocacy to encourage schools with buses to bring them to inspection at any of the 10 LACVIS centers in Lagos.
You can know more about how LACVIS prevent school bus accidents from our website www.lacvis.com.ng or call 08180003426