Published On: Mon, Jul 9th, 2018

School Bus Annual Inspection Starts on July 30

School bus

GREAT BAY — Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT), Section School Bussing, announces that the Annual School Bus Inspection will take place from July 30th to August 2nd, 2018. 

The Annual School Bus Inspection will take place on the Ring Road across from Blue Point.

School bus owners are asked to contact the department at 520-4064 to make an appointment to have their busses inspected.  Busses will be inspected by appointment only.

School bus owners are also asked to be present during the school bus inspections and are required to have their valid documents available during the aforementioned.

These documents are a valid driver’s license for all drivers; a valid insurance and valid inspection card. The Fire Extinguisher inspection card must also be valid and in its proper place on the bus. The first aid kit must be in good condition.

The Section School Bussing would like to thank the students, parents and teachers for another cooperative school year 2017/2018.

2017/2018 school year was a challenging and emotional year with the passing of Hurricane Irma.

Approximately 50 percent of the School bus fleet was damage, and another 30 percent was not ready to operate when School resumed post Irma.

The Department along with the Ministry will continue to work together to bring School Bussing Transportation to a more organized structure.

The Departments goal for school bussing continues to be safety, comfort, and reliability when it comes to the transportation of school children.

Parents are urged to continue to talk to their children about their behavior on the bus. Bus owners are also encouraged to speak to their employees about their dress code and the need to obey the rules of the road in particular adhering to posted speed limits.

The School Bus Section would like to congratulate students and wish them happy holidays and much success when the new school year 2018/2019 starts back mid-August.

The School Bus Section adds, ‘Remember riding on the yellow bus is not a benefit, but a privilege.’