TRENTON - (AP) - Almost half of all school buses and vans inNew Jersey fail to pass their semiannual inspections due toviolations deemed serious enough to take them off the road,according to a published report.

The Press of Atlantic City also found that another third of thevehicles get 30-day violations for items that would not putchildren at risk.

But state motor vehicle and school transportation officials sayparents should not be overly concerned by the newspaper's findings,which were based on its review of bus inspection records.

They say the buses, vans and other vehicles that take more than800,000 Garden State children to school each day are overall verysafe specifically because state inspections are so thorough.