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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

Every school bus in Minnesota is required by statute to be inspected annually by the Minnesota State Patrol. These mandated inspections are carried out by seven inspection teams who are deployed regionally.
 
Additionally, state troopers are assigned to enforce traffic regulations for school bus drivers and other motorists operating in proximity to school buses. Troopers conduct random school bus driver qualification checks, post-crash inspection and follow up reviews, and school bus-related public outreach programs.

Metro Area Wheelchair Securement Inspection​​s

Metro area inspection teams will be available to conduct annual inspections of mobility vehicles on select dates in the month of June. Operators of buses and vans based in the Twin Cities area and  equipped with wheelchair lifts and securement devices, should bring their vehicles for inspection on one of the appointed dates. Please see the attached letter​ for details.
 

Stop for School Buses: It's the Law!

  • State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended.
  • Drivers who violate the law face a $500 fine.
  • Drivers can face criminal charges for passing a school bus on the right, passing when a child is outside the bus, or injuring or killing a child. 

Motorists

  • Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads.
  • Motorists should slow down, pay attention and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
  • The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.

Students 

  • When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder.
  • Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
  • When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.  

 Citations by Year

​2015 ​2016 ​2017 ​2018 ​2019 ​Total
​1,240 ​1,153 ​1,120 ​1,076 ​1,174 ​5,763
 

 

Annual Stop-Arm Survey

Each year, bus drivers across the state participate in a one-day stop-arm Survey

​Year ​Number of Drivers ​Number of Violations Observed
2019​ ​2,376 ​625
​2018 ​2,802 ​583
​2017 ​3,659 ​703
​2016 ​2,623 ​529
​2015 ​3,570 ​613
 
 

School Bus Brochure: School Bus Aware: The Way to Success


Be Ready to Ride

Drivers and students share the responsibility of making the trip to and from school safely. Please watch and share this brief video describing how you can Be Ready to Ride
 

School Bus Contacts

Lieutenant Brian Reu
Pupil Transportation Safety Director
Phone: (651) 350-2007
 
CVI Sgt. Jay K. Sletten
Chief Inspector
Phone: (651) 350-2008
 

Regional Troopers

Sergeant Kelly R. Johnson
Northern Regional Trooper
Phone: (612) 360-5172
 
Sergeant Mike Krukowski
Metro / Central Regional Trooper
Phone: (651) 492-7414
 
Sergeant Chad Dauffenbach
Southern Regional Trooper
Phone: (507) 430-0791
 

Regional School Bus Inspectors

This map identifies school bus inspector regions.
 
 
​Region ​Inspectors ​Contact Phone
​South Metro Bigelow, Patrick ​(612) 432-8731
South Metro​ Kotoski, Gail (651) 247-8156
North Metro ​Hoberg, Michael ​(651) 276-2781
​North Metro Husnik, Frank (651) 373-1005
​North Metro
​Southeast ​Hofschulte, Ethan ​(507) 450-1511
​Southeast Nyberg, Steve (507) 429-5008
​Southwest ​Streff, Dean ​(507) 215-2310
​Southwest Gass, Whendy ​(612) 655-5549
​Central ​Harms, Cynthia (320) 345-0018
​Central ​Bye, Curtis ​(320) 372-0370
​Northwest ​Nelson, Mark ​(218) 689-7902
​Northwest ​Tradewell, Lee ​(218) 849-1377
​Northeast Dinehart, Cassandra ​(218) 780-9982

 

 

School Bus Resources

Model School Bus Driver Manual

Each section of the Model Driver Manual may be downloaded independently. A complete manual is not available for download at this time. 

 

Unit I      Driving Skills 
Unit I      Survey  
Unit II     Human Relations
Unit II     Survey
Unit III    Crash and Emergency Preparedness
Unit III    Survey
Unit IV    Vehicle Care, Inspection & Use
Unit IV    Survey
Unit V     Laws, Regulations & Recommendations
Unit V     Student Stop Lane Usage Examples
Unit V     Inspection Decals Examples
Unit V     Survey 
Unit VI    Special Needs Transportation
Unit VI    Ride Safe - The Wheelchair 
Unit VII   Towing of Trailers
 

School Bus Driver Certification (CDL)

Driver Certification - Appendix D
8 Hour Training Option - Appendix F 
 
Student Survey Cycle One - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle One - Answers
Student Survey Cycle Two - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle Two - Answers
Student Survey Cycle Three - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle Three - Answers
 
 
Type III School Bus Driver Evaluation – Appendix A1
 
 

Type III School Bus Pretrip Inspection Forms 

Trailer Pretrip Inspection Form

School Bus Inspection Manual

 
Tires
Exhaust
 

Related Forms

 

School Bus Inspection Results

In Minnesota, there are five types of authorized school buses (Type A, Type B, Type C, Type D and Type III) used to transport children to and from school and school-related activities. View examples of school bus types.
 
Minnesota’s school bus inspection program is based on a point value system devised to evaluate the condition of each bus inspected. Each school bus begins with 100 total points. As defects are discovered during the inspection process, points are deducted in accordance with values assigned in Minnesota Rule 7470.0700 “Table of points to be deducted”.
 
School buses with an inspection score of 96 to 100 pass the inspection and an annual inspection decal is affixed to the windshield signifying its roadworthiness.
 
A school bus with an inspection score of 80 to 95 points receives a 14-day temporary inspection certificate. The school bus must be re-inspected within the 14-day period or it is prohibited from transporting school children until the deficiencies have been corrected. Upon successful completion of the re-inspection, an annual inspection decal will be issued by the State Patrol signifying its roadworthiness.
 
A school bus with less than 80 points is deemed unsafe for the transportation of school children. This school bus is immediately prohibited from transporting school children until the defects are corrected. A temporary inspection certificate is issued and affixed to the bus. Pending re-inspection by the State Patrol, a school bus bearing a rejection sticker may be used to transport pupils only if all defects have been corrected and the inspection form has been signed by the owner or designee certifying the corrections. The signed certification form must be carried in the first aid kit on the bus for immediate verification of repairs by enforcement personnel.
 
School bus inspection results are listed by year and by school district. If unable to find the results for a specific school district for the current year it is because the annual inspections have not yet been completed. The inspection results are updated monthly.
 
 
For questions regarding inspection results for a particular school district, contact the school’s transportation director or the superintendent of schools. A listing of district superintendents and their contact information is available through the Minnesota Department of Education.
 
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