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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.
Mississippi lawmakers debate seat belts on school buses
November 5, 2013
Legislators may consider the issue next year, and some are already expressing opinions on both sides. One representative acknowledges that state money for seat belts is limited, but he asks his colleagues, “What is the value of a child’s life?” Others point to potential difficulties bus drivers could have in making sure all students are buckled up.
NASDPTS bolsters support for lap-shoulder belts
October 25, 2013
The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. Now, the NASDPTS board strengthens its position by dropping the funding clause. However, the association is not calling for a requirement. “We believe this should be a local decision based on local need,” NASDPTS President Max Christensen says.
Wisconsin senator pushes for school bus seat belts
September 12, 2013
When Tim Cullen was a board member for Janesville (Wis.) School District, he ushered in a policy to require seat belts on new school buses. Now, as a state senator, Cullen is pushing for a statewide mandate.
IMMI event highlights seat belt safety
August 22, 2013
The supplier hosted SafeGuard: School Bus Safety 101 on Aug. 8. The event brought together elected leaders, school officials, emergency responders and parents to discuss behavioral and safety issues facing children on school buses. It featured a head-on school bus crash demonstration to show what happens to belted and unbelted passengers.
State directors: NTSB findings will be 'roadmap' for enhancing safety
August 5, 2013
NASDPTS says that the federal agency's investigation of the Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash pointed out a number of student transportation concerns, including driver fatigue and medications. Also, NASDPTS says that the findings reinforce the association's support of lap-shoulder belts for school buses, as long as funding is made available for them.
NSTA supports NTSB recommendations on occupant protection
July 26, 2013
The school bus contractors group says that its 2007 Statement on Occupant Protection aligns with the National Transportation Safety Board’s new recommendations, which follow the agency’s investigations of last year’s fatal school bus accidents in Chesterfield, N.J., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.
NTSB: Proper lap belt use could have lessened injuries in bus crash
July 23, 2013
In its investigation of last year's fatal Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board finds that some students wore their lap belts improperly and some didn't wear them at all. The agency says it believes that lap belts can provide a benefit to most school bus passengers who wear them properly, although the addition of shoulder belts would reduce flailing injuries and provide greater protection.
NTSB to meet on 2 fatal school bus crashes
July 18, 2013
In a meeting next week, National Transportation Safety Board members will address last year's Chesterfield, N.J, and Port St. Lucie, Fla., school bus crashes. The board will also consider possible recommendations on school bus safety.
Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Hickory Springs changes name to HSM
May 7, 2013
The company, which recently acquired school bus seating supplier the C.E. White Co., launches a rebranding initiative that includes the consolidation of a number of brands and divisions under one name: HSM.
Don’t fall out of your seat
February 25, 2013

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their seat show the need for managers to regularly monitor their drivers’ seat belt use — and to enforce penalties for not complying.

NAPT News & Views — When NTSB talks, we listen!
January 29, 2013

Over the years, the National Transportation Safety Board has become the gold standard for safety recommendations that should be taken to heart, and the agency’s vice chairman, Christopher Hart, is among its best keepers of the flame. There was much to be learned from his excellent presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., in October.

Police: Bus driver killed in crash wasn't belted
December 12, 2012
Louisiana State Police say it is suspected that a medical condition is the primary cause of the crash, in which the driver loses control of the bus and strikes several trees and a fence before traveling down an embankment. The driver "was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead," police say.
State directors: Why we do it this way
September 25, 2012

State pupil transportation directors discuss their states’ school bus specs and procedures that stand out, from fluorescent driver seat belts to buffer zones at the back of the bus.

Buckle up: The latest in restraint systems
September 18, 2012

As the prevalence of lap-shoulder belts in buses grows, it is important for operations to consider the type of students they are transporting and the ability to upgrade to meet future safety standards before selecting a belt system.

Dallas buys over 100 new buses, adds belts
August 30, 2012
Dallas County Schools has been acquiring a variety of new equipment for its giant fleet, from new school buses to lap-shoulder belts to stop-arm cameras. The district recently took delivery of 103 new Saf-T-Liner C2s from Thomas Built Buses. Director of Transportation Aaron Hobbs discusses the developments with SBF.
SafeGuard: Big drop in cost of school bus seat belts
August 7, 2012
Company officials say that they are now seeing typical market prices for equipping a school bus with lap-shoulder belt seating in the $7,000 to $9,000 range — down from a range of $12,000 to $14,000 five years ago. SafeGuard’s Charlie Vits discusses the price decline with SBF.
New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec
July 30, 2012
SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C seat, which can be converted between belted and non-belted options, will be available on school buses starting this fall. The company is now fully owned by global seat belt and air bag maker Takata.
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender
June 21, 2012

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

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