Bill urges proof of inspection for private buses

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Owners of privately owned buses would have to submit proof of inspections to state officials in order to register the vehicle under a bill introduced by a Fort Wayne lawmaker.

Republican Sen. Tom Wyss tells The Indianapolis Star he wrote the bill in response to a church bus crash last July that killed a youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a chaperone.

Investigators found no mechanical issues with the Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus. But Wyss says the public should know if a bus has been inspected.

His bill would require Indiana State Police to establish criteria for inspecting private buses. Inspections likely would be carried out by government-approved mechanics and would check the brakes, steering and other parts.

Buses holding 16 passengers or more would be affected.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star 

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