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WESTWOOD (Massachusetts) (CBS) – Bus inspectors fanned out across the state Monday to conduct their tri-annual inspections of all the school buses in Massachusetts.

At Westwood High School, inspectors checked backup warning systems, lights, windshield wipers and brakes. They even checked under the hood to make sure there was no critical oil or fluid leaks.

“We check the whole exterior of the bus,” said RMV inspector Brian Patten, “do a complete walk-around, check all the lug nuts make sure everything is securely fastened and check all the tires.”

Registrar Rachel Kaprielian says each of the state’s 9,000 school buses is checked three times a year. “There’s a half-a-million kids every single day that are transported on school buses, we have to ensure their safety on the bus and make sure the buses are in perfect tip-top condition,” said Kaprielian.

Three buses inspected on Monday had mirrors that needed to be adjusted. One bus failed due to battery issues, but it was able to be fixed on site.

All buses were cleared to be back on the road.

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