NHTSA Proposes New Category of School Buses

Posted on November 1, 2002
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new category of small school buses for transporting children in trips other than to and from school. By creating this new class of school bus, NHTSA intends to provide schools, childcare centers and other institutions with a safer alternative to 15-passenger vans. NHTSA’s proposed subcategory of school buses, the multifunctional school activity bus (MFSAB), would be defined as a school bus with a gross vehicle weight rating of 15,000 pounds or less sold for purposes that do not include transportation between home and school. These buses would be exempt from traffic control requirements and thus would not be required to have stop arms or eight-way lighting systems. They would qualify as “alternate allowable vehicles” under Head Start transportation regulations.
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories

School Bus Driver Suspended After Bathroom Break to Keep Job

A New Jersey superintendent’s call to fire Gaye Kish for using her phone, having a friend board her bus, and taking a bathroom break during her route is rejected by the board of education. Kish cites a medical condition as the reason for taking the break.


Convertible Seating Solution

Blue Bird Corp. and HSM’s convertible NextGen seat allows the customer to change the seat back frame to have three-point belts or child restraints without having to purchase new seats.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!