More buses are failing state inspections.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says less than 85% of the roughly 12,000 school buses it inspected this year were initially approved.
That's the lowest percentage since 2010.
Almost 12% of the buses were found to have defective items that needed repair but did not immediately jeopardize student safety.
In the Columbia School District, 35 of 212 buses were deemed defective, or 16.5%.
In the Jefferson City School District, just 6 out of 67 buses were defective, or 9%.
This year's annual school bus inspections were conducted from Feb. 3 to May 20.