For Second Year, Ritenour Buses Earn 2019 Fleet of Excellence Award with Perfect Safety Inspection
Ritenour School District’s transportation department, for the second consecutive year, earned the Fleet of Excellence Award with a perfect safety inspection of all its buses. The district started operating a fleet of new buses at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Inspectors with the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a safety inspection of all 28 Ritenour buses on April 3.
Bryan Sanker, Ritenour director of transportation, said the four-hour inspection covered all safety sensitive parts of the bus: tires, exhaust, hoses, windows, suspension, lights, emergency exits, mirrors, stop signs, crossing arm, steering wheel and horn. All buses passed on the first review by inspectors.
The superior inspection is a tribute to the team of bus drivers, dispatcher, office professional and district leaders for their attention to the details that have made Ritenour’s bus service successful this year.
“Having all of our buses pass the rigorous inspection process during our second year of operation is a tremendous testament to the ongoing efforts of our drivers, who test each safety measure of their buses before they start their first route each day.” said Sanker. “We have a team of drivers, dispatcher and support staff who are committed to the safety of our students who ride our buses.”
As of April 3, 2019, this school year’s on-time record of Ritenour buses exceeds 99 percent, Sanker said. Ritenour buses not only transport eligible students daily to and from school, but they also transport students for school field trips from each of Ritenour’s schools. They also transport middle and high school students for athletics and extracurricular activities.
Sanker attributes much of the success this year to the outstanding group of drivers, who average 12 years of experience operating school buses. Although Missouri requires school bus drivers to receive eight hours of training a year, Ritenour drivers already have received 10 hours.
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