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Weighing the costs and benefits of safety technologies
November 18, 2015

Pedestrian detection technology could be ideal for a school bus on an urban route. ESC is particularly beneficial for a bus traveling at higher speeds.

NASDPTS supports feds’ new 3-point belt policy
November 12, 2015
After NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind states that school bus passengers should have three-point belts, the state directors association says that the statement backs their own position.
NHTSA chief: ‘School buses should have seat belts. Period’
November 8, 2015
Before a large crowd of pupil transportation officials, Administrator Mark Rosekind revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new stance, that “every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt.”
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns
October 26, 2015

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency evacuations? Transportation directors with years of three-point belt use on their buses share their insights.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why the decision to equip large school buses with seat belts should be a local one
October 15, 2015

The cost of three-point belts would have to come from somewhere within a local budget. We are concerned that if mandated and unfunded, that additional cost could force some districts to make choices that may not be in the best interests of safety.

NAPT News & Views — Federal data: an 'A' grade for school bus safety
October 12, 2015

In June, NHTSA published its latest edition of “School-Transportation-Related Crashes,” a benchmark of how the school bus industry is performing on the safety front. If this were a report card, it would be an “A” grade for our industry.

NHTSA chief on school bus safety, seat belts
October 5, 2015

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet.

NHTSA chief: Some ‘unintended consequences’ of school bus seat belts are positive
July 31, 2015
In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall.
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting
July 24, 2015
The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.
NHTSA updates school transportation fatality data
July 21, 2015
The federal agency’s latest report shows that, on average, about 33 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year.
NHTSA to hold meeting on school bus seat belts
July 10, 2015
The public meeting will “address the challenges and barriers that have prevented schools from taking action to install three-point seat belt systems in school buses,” according to NHTSA.
Feds propose tighter standards for emissions, fuel efficiency
June 19, 2015
The EPA and NHTSA’s jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles — including school buses — would cover model years 2021 to 2027.
NTSB calls for collision avoidance systems on new vehicles
June 11, 2015
The agency outlines what it calls the “life-saving benefits” of collision avoidance systems and recommends that they become standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles.
School buses exempt from electronic stability control mandate
June 10, 2015
NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, but not school buses.
NAPT reveals speakers for 2015 Summit
April 28, 2015
Federal safety officials and inspirational athletes are among the key presenters on tap for the National Association for Pupil Transportation event.
Graco fined $10 million for handling of car seat recall
March 24, 2015
A NHTSA investigation found that the company failed to provide timely notification of a defect in more than 4 million car seats.
NHTSA panel to revisit school bus seat belt issue
February 13, 2015
The federal agency will convene a group to examine the long-debated topic of seat belts on school buses. A NHTSA spokesman tells SBF that plans for the panel are just getting underway.
New NHTSA chief to speak at Love the Bus event
February 5, 2015
Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. He is slated to talk about the safety benefits of school buses.
NAPT, NSTA reaffirm position on occupant protection
January 22, 2015
The associations point to NHTSA’s 2011 denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety requesting that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
NHTSA: Traffic fatalities dropped 3.1% in 2013
December 31, 2014
Newly released federal data also show a nearly 25% decline in overall highway deaths since 2004.
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