Fact Finder: How Indiana inspects safety of church buses
LA PORTE —
Local churches say safety is key when traveling to and from events on a bus.
An 2016 Indiana law says that all private buses must be inspected by an Indiana State Police certified inspector.
Those include buses used by religious organizations or youth groups.
Youth Pastor Ken Grace relies on a donated school bus to get kids to and from youth ministry programs at La Porte Assembly of God.
"We try and create a place where parents to know their kids are safe when they're here and their kids are taken care of,” Grace said.
He says the driver has a commercial driver’s license and mainly keeps the bus around town.
"One person per seat keeps the volume down and keeps them from hopping around and being distracting,” Grace said. “It keeps it from getting too loud. We want to keep the volume at a place that's not distracting for our driver."
Maintenance and upkeep are serious too.
Grace says the bus sometimes needs repairs outside of a routine inspection.
The bus has to be inspected once a year by a Department of Transportation certified inspector
That needs to happen in order for the plates to be renewed and make sure everything is working right.
You can find a list of buses inspected by Indiana State Police here.