New technology improves safety to Maryland's school buses

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 23:24:50-04

Safety inspections for school buses in Maryland will now be done electronically.

On Thursday, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) announced it began the new process in May.

To complete the Maryland School Bus Safety Inspection System, inspectors will use mobile devices to inspect and report results electronically, instead of traditional paper use. Once an electronic report is submitted it is added to a database MDOT MVA can use to track all bus inspections.

Transportation officials say this system allows them to monitor the safety of school buses operated on Maryland roadways more efficiently. The state of Maryland requires every one of its roughly 9,000 school buses to be inspected three times a year.