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The Indiana State Police is beta testing a new Web app to help streamline school bus inspections in the state.
Each year, Indiana inspects “school and activity purpose” buses, about 17,000 vehicles in all. For buses that are more than 12 years old, inspections are completed twice a year. The inspections, conducted by 19 officers throughout the state, help to ensure that the condition of a bus’s various parts meet state and federal safety regulations, said Sgt. Steve Whitaker of the Indiana State Police.
In years past, the troopers responsible for conducting inspections did so by marking off a checklist on paper forms, and then manually re-entered the checklist into a database, Whitaker said. The paper-based process was cumbersome, Whitaker said, because Indiana requires that bus inspections start in January and are completed by the end of September.
So to reduce officer staff hours dedicated to inspections and streamline the inspection process, the Indiana State Police began working in July 2010 with a computer class at IUPUI — Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis.
Keep reading to find out how this computer class helped with the app on our sister publication Government Technology.
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