HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The next time you plan to travel on a charter bus, you may want to make sure that the bus has passed its most recent inspection test.
Since Friday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation officers have been on the coast to do safety inspections on coach buses. Captain Otis Dyer says the quick and easy 30 minute inspection ensures travelers are safe on the road.
"One of the things that the commissioners, executive director and our enforcement director thrive on is maintaining a great, safe transportation system," Captain Dyer said.
Capt. Dyer says keeping travelers safe is just one important aspect of the job of his team; who are board certified across the state.
"We do a Federal Motor Carrier safety inspection which is conducted as a level one safety inspection. We do a walk around on the motor coach and we're checking for safety hazards like for the lights, windshield wipers, horns and then we do the mechanic part of it and check for the brakes," Sgt. Candice Clark explained.
Sgt. Clark says if a bus has ever failed or had any other problems during an inspection, it's all kept on file.
"We put that US D.O.T number in our computer system and it'll pull up their ISS score, which range from 0-100. The higher the score the more violations they've had in the past," Sgt. Clark said.
Sgt. Clark encourages travelers to do their own inspection; one that's even quicker and easier.
"Once a motor coach passes an inspection, they get a safety decal and that's located on the windshield of the bus and that indicates that that bus has been checked properly and it's in safe operation," she said.
MDOT inspectors are just one of two agencies that do coach bus inspections across the state. They conduct motor bus inspections quarterly.