MORE than two-thirds of school buses stopped by police in Kirklees were found to be faulty.
The shock figures were revealed today after the safety blitz was carried out in Dewsbury during the first two weeks of this month.
The campaign, Operation Coachman, involved checking 34 coaches, two private hire minibuses, three privately-owned people carriers and one privately owned minibus.
Only 11 had no defects.
Two were so bad they were banned from the road immediately.
Six needed repair work doing on them quickly or they, too, would be barred from the road.
Faults included defective suspension, engine cut-off switches, seat belts, tyres and brakes, along with fuel leaks and emergency door buzzers that didn't work.
A further 20 vehicles were issued with inspection notices by the vehicle examiners.
These were for minor defects ranging from defective lights, windscreens and windscreen washers to loose emergency doors and seats and locked emergency doors.
Inspection notices were also issued for defective suspensions, tyres, exhausts and handbrake mountings, as well as air leaks and general flaws with internal and external bodywork.
One vehicle did not have an MOT test certificate.
The owners or drivers of the three people carriers and the minibus were collecting individual fares from passengers - and their insurance did not cover them for this.
They were reported for motoring offences, including driving other than in accordance with a driving licence, having no insurance or operator's licence, no test certificate and also unsuitable use. One had 12 passengers in a nine-seater vehicle.
The vehicles were checked at six schools picked at random.
These were Howden Clough Girls' School at Batley, St Paulinus and St John Fisher - both in Dewsbury - Hartshead Moor School, Fairfield School in Heckmondwike and Ravenshall School at Thornhill Lees.
Sgt Alan Kaye, of Dewsbury traffic police, said: "These results are disappointingly high.
"Young people are our most vulnerable road users. We expect those who carry children to and from school to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy and to act responsibly.
"Cramming 12 passengers into a nine- seater vehicle is not an option."
And he warned: "Although Operation Coachman has finished, we will still be keeping a check on passenger-carrying vehicles like these on a regular basis."