JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri school buses generally are in good working order.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol this spring inspected 12,333 buses across the state. It found 89 percent had no problems, 9 percent had a defect that posed no immediate danger and therefore could remain in service and 2 percent couldn't be used until after repairs.
Buses that have a defect but can continue transporting students must be repaired within 10 business days.
The patrol gives a special designation for school bus fleets with a total approval rating of at least 90 percent. In 2009, 288 fleets reached that standard.