SC gets new school buses, fire hazard buses remain on road

South Carolina lawmakers have reached a deal that will bring 414 new school buses to districts across the state.

YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- South Carolina lawmakers have reached a deal that will bring 414 new school buses to districts across the state.

Still, that leaves about 1,000 fire hazard buses on the roads, 102 of them are being driven in York County.

“We got a problem, we need to fix that,” said Beatrice McCullough-Wiggins.

Wiggins children ride the school bus in Rock Hill.

“It’s scary for a kid and it’s scary for a parent. Their baby on a bus and it can catch on fire.”

According to the Dept. of Education, 17 school buses have caught on fire in the last two years. Those fire hazard buses more than 20-years-old.

Some even dating back as far as 1988.

“They are in dire need of replacement,” said South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman at a conference in January.

In January, Spearman asked lawmakers for $95 million dollars to replace old buses. Thursday night, state budget negotiators agreed to $28.9 million instead.

However, even with new fleet, the Department of Education says state-wide there will still be 1,000 buses more than 20 years old on the roads.

“It scares me,” said McCullough-Wiggins.

New buses will be ordered at the beginning of the budget year on July 1. The South Carolina Department of Education says their top priority is to replace buses from 1995 and 1996.

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