Precious cargo deserves a well thought out inspection.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement for the Drumheller and surrounding area hold school bus inspections bi-annually to ensure the safety of our bus riding students and the buses they use for daily transportation. Last week, CVE inspected nearly 50 buses to make sure that the cargo they transport will arrive at their destinations safe and sound.

"We partner with all the mechanics and bus couriers in the local area and we run through the buses, at least, annually," explained Transport Officer, Cody Patton. "So after the students are off-loaded at the school, we'll meet up with the drivers and usually the mechanic for the (bus) company and we'll run through all the critical inspection items on the school bus. That will include the braking system, suspension, frame system, and all the emergency exits; just to list a few."

Patton said that they ensure that all the buses are meeting performance expectations as the safety and well-being of the children on board is the first priority.

"School buses are held to a higher standard compared to any other commercial vehicle on the road. They are required to be meticulously looked at by a mechanic," Patton continues. "They have to go through one (an inspection) bi-annually where every other commercial vehicle only has to be inspected once a year."

CVE does not take these inspections lightly and will require any problem with a bus, if found, to be dealt with immediately before it can return to servicing students in the area.

"The immediate area we cover would be Delia, Morrin and the Drumheller buses. We will also extend out to Acme, Linden and the Hanna area," Patton concludes.

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