Modesto City Schools buses passed muster last week.
A surprise inspection July 15 by the California Highway Patrol and follow-up Monday found four minor problems out of 14 buses inspected, the school district said.
The defects found were a dome light that was out, a strobe light that was out, a loose mirror bracket and a loose frame on a seat.
All those items were repaired immediately, said Becky Meredith, director of planning and facilities support for Modesto City Schools. She said no safety- related problems were found and no buses were put out of service.
"The inspection went so well that rather than giving us a conditional rating, they gave us a satisfactory rating," Meredith said.
The thumbs up came after a dismal inspection last winter, when the CHP found 51 violations, took six buses out of service and gave the district an unsatisfactory rating on its maintenance program. Follow-up inspections in March and April showed major improvements, said Gary Boswell, a motor carrier specialist with the CHP's Modesto office.
Modesto CHP spokesman Eric Parsons said Thursday that the condition of individual buses and the maintenance program as a whole are considered separately. All 53 Modesto buses and the district maintenance program now have a satisfactory rating, Parsons said.