In Newfoundland and Labrador, all new and used school buses are inspected by Service NL Highway Enforcement Officers when they enter the province, before they are placed in service and permitted to transport passengers. Each bus is required to meet all provincial and federal safety standards.
Subsequently, all school buses are inspected a minimum of three times per year to ensure they continue to meet the standards.
In July each year, and again in December, all buses must be inspected at an Official Inspection Station which employs a journeyperson mechanic who is authorized to inspect commercial vehicles. Inspection certificates must be presented to Service NL before the bus is permitted to enter service and begin transporting passengers.
Beginning in September, all buses are subject to unannounced, mandatory inspections by Service NL Highway Enforcement Officers.
Beginning in January, 30 per cent of each operator’s fleet is selected at random for unannounced inspections by Service NL Highway Enforcement Officers. If significant issues are detected, up to 100 per cent of the operator’s fleet may be inspected at the officer’s discretion. At any time throughout the year, Service NL may choose to do additional unannounced inspections of an operator’s fleet, especially in cases where a complaint has been received.
As a result of Service NL’s inspections, buses are placed in one of three categories:
If a bus has been placed on Restricted Service or Out of Service, it must be repaired to an acceptable standard and proof of the repair must be verified by Service NL before the bus can be returned to service.
2016 School Bus Inspections: August – November (539 KB)
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