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How does your child's school bus grade?

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Fifty-one percent of all public school children in Alabama depend on school bus transportation. Every year the state inspects school busses to make sure they are safe and up to par.

In Montgomery Public Schools, 1,600 children use the school bus every day. That's half of the students and for MPS it's good news when it comes to transportation.

After the inspection, the state found MPS has less than 4 percent deficiencies in the school bus fleet. MPS buses travel 4 million miles every year. The state allows 10 percent deficiencies, meaning Montgomery fell far below that.

Deficiencies can range from a torn seat all the way to brakes that fail. Montgomery Public Schools Spokesman Tom Salter tells WSFA 12 News all their deficiencies were minor.

"I think it's great because children safety is number one," said Ashton Martin, whose child attends a MPS school. "With so much going on in Montgomery, it's good that at least the children have a safe place to go, a safe place to get to school, good transportation because a lot of people don't have cars right now. So, transportation is a big thing right now."

"We are pretty busy all the time," said Willie James Thomas, MPS shop foreman. "We love it, and I feel real proud of my people and my people feel real proud of themselves."

It's not just Montgomery that faired well. Elmore County had four buses with deficiencies. Autauga County had only two buses -- a major improvement for Autauga, which had 10 deficiencies last year. Elmore and Montgomery have both exceeded the state goal for 9 consecutive years.

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