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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.
NAPT News & Views — Seat belts on buses? You decide
October 14, 2014

NAPT and NSTA were informed that NHTSA’s best advice on the matter is in a single document: the 2011 denial of a petition that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.

NHTSA official blogs on son’s first school bus ride
August 26, 2014
David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, describes feeling “powerless” as his son stepped aboard a yellow bus for the first time. But, Friedman writes, he had checked the numbers: “School buses are the safest way to get to school, even safer than in the family car.”
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
U.S. DOT unveils distracted driving campaign
April 3, 2014
The effort is the Department of Transportation's first-ever national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Ads using the phrase “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” will run from April 7 to 15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.
NHTSA: 0.35% of fatal crashes were school transportation related
March 17, 2014
The latest federal data show that of the 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2003 to 2012, 1,222 were classified as related to school transportation. A large majority (71%) of those killed in school transportation-related crashes in that 10-year span were occupants of other vehicles.
New NASDPTS paper details support for lap-shoulder belts
February 12, 2014
The new position paper elaborates on the state directors association’s recently updated stance on lap-shoulder belts — fully supporting their installation and use in school buses. NASDPTS lays out 10 supporting points for its position, including the limits of compartmentalization and the ability of current lap-shoulder belt systems to maintain bus capacity.
Stats show safer roads
December 19, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s latest Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, there were 33,561 highway deaths in 2012. While that was a 3% increase from 2011, NHTSA officials pointed out that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.

NHTSA’s David Strickland steps down
December 17, 2013
Strickland has served as administrator since 2010, during which time the agency has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation. Deputy Administrator David Friedman will reportedly serve as acting administrator after Strickland leaves.
NHTSA issues final rule requiring seat belts on motorcoaches
November 21, 2013
The rule, which amends FMVSS 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit buses and school buses. Requiring seat belts could reduce fatalities by up to 44% and reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries by up to 45%, according to NHTSA.
NHTSA stats show traffic deaths rose in 2012
November 21, 2013
There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still, agency officials say that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives
October 15, 2013

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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