THP inspects school buses across Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – From a Chattanooga tragedy, to last Friday’s collision in Rutherford County, and a rollover on I-65, school bus safety is top of mind across Tennessee.

In Nashville, bus inspections fall on the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).

Sft. Travis Plotzer told News 2 they have three inspectors assigned to the Middle Tennessee area. They inspect buses in all 12 counties in the Nashville district.

Those three inspectors take a look at every bus district-wide, circling back to review several buses along the way.

“We want to make sure that the bus, from what we can see, is mechanically sound,” explained Sgt. Plotzer.

“We inspect a bus at least once a year,” he added. “Often times buses will receive a random spot check inspection. That way we can help ensure the bus is running safe.”

Many times, age plays a factor in the inspections. THP says the older a bus is, the more it is inspected.