Safety

Minnesota bill would mandate belts on buses

Posted on January 12, 2010
A new bill in the Minnesota State Legislature would require that school buses purchased after this year be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. A state pupil transportation group says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
A new bill in the Minnesota State Legislature would require that school buses purchased after this year be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. A state pupil transportation group says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — New state legislation would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses purchased after this year.

The bill, authored by Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. and Rep. Jeff Hayden, was introduced into the Legislature last week and referred to an education committee.

David Peterson, communications officer for the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT), said the MAPT board of directors’ position is that “any school bus seat belt requirement by the Legislature should be funded.”

The association estimated that the cost of the lap-shoulder belt mandate would be $8,000 to $9,000 per large school bus.

Minnesota law already requires that passengers buckle up on school buses equipped with lap or lap-shoulder belts. It also specifies that in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, school districts and contractors and their employees can’t be held liable “solely because the injured party was not wearing a safety belt.”

 

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Estelle

     | about 7 years ago

    I really hope this never happens in Virginia! I do not feel it's good in any state. If there is an accident, seat belts jam, one driver any where from 40 to 70 students, bus catches on fire.I would think any one could see what will happen. Bus turnes on it's side a 50 Lb. student by window, 125 lb next to that studnet whats going to happen to the 50 lb student if seat belt is jamed? School bus is the safest vehicle on the road. I have been in a very bad accident (not my fault) head on the other driver fell asleep. Bus total lost. Four students on bus not hurt, neither was I. I'll say again I hope I never see them on our buses.

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