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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2015) -- Inspectors looking at Indianapolis Public Schools buses on Wednesday found a high number of violations.

Indiana State Police inspectors were on the first of two days of semi-annual inspections at IPS. The inspections are required for buses 12 years or older and inspectors told the district about the planned inspection in September.

Of 33 buses inspected, 57% failed and 11 buses were taken out of service for critical violations.

"(That) means that they’re not safe to transport students," said State Police School Bus Safety Coordinator Sgt. Chris Kath.

IPS has a total of more than 150 buses. On the state's public database for bus inspections, only half of the district's buses are listed as approved in recent inspections. If a bus is deemed 'ordered repaired' it can continue to run and the district has 30 days to fix the problem. Inspectors found eight 'ordered repaired' buses on Wednesday.

According to reports, violations found on the buses included multiple fuel leaks, one with "excessive effort to open the emergency door," another with tires that were "cut, weathered (or) cracked" and in one case a bus with rusted flooring and a defect that could "adversely affect the ability of the vehicle to stop safely."

Indianapolis Public Schools Transportation Director Monica Coburn sent this statement to FOX59:

"Indianapolis Public Schools is collaborating closely with State Police to ensure all buses are in compliance with safety standards. We cannot speak to the specific numbers at this time, as Indiana State Police’s inspection of district buses is not yet complete. IPS plans to dispute some of the failed inspections, and going forward we will make continued efforts to ensure higher first-pass success rates for state inspection."

Inspectors will be back at the district Thursday to complete their semi-annual inspections and any buses placed out of service will need to be fixed and scheduled for a new inspection.

To view school bus reports for your child's district, you can visit the link here.