The national legislation is introduced by a Tennessee congressman in the wake of the fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga.
New trucks and buses should be equipped with advanced speed-limiting technology, according to a new recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The recommendation stems from NTSB's investigation of the March 2011 motorcoach crash in New York City that killed 15 people.
NTSB found that the speed limit at the accident location was 50 mph, but the motorcoach driver was traveling 64 mph after departing the travel lanes of the highway.
"Had he been driving at or below the speed limit (50 mph), he may have been able to steer the bus away from the guardrail, preventing the rollover and collision with the vertical highway signpost," the agency said in an investigation synopsis.
The motorcoach was equipped with a speed limiter, but it was set to 78 mph.
NTSB noted that although there is "significant interest" in the use of advanced speed-limiting technology, there are no federal performance standards that address the technology or require it in heavy vehicles.
Accordingly, the agency recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) develop performance standards for advanced speed-limiting technology — such as variable speed limiters and intelligent speed adaptation devices — for heavy vehicles, including trucks, buses and motorcoaches.
After establishing the performance standards, NHTSA should require such devices in all newly manufactured heavy vehicles, NTSB recommended.
The safety board made numerous other recommendations in response to the New York City crash. One calls on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to require that states retain on the Commercial Driver’s License Information System driver record all convictions, disqualifications and other licensing actions for violations during the prior 10 years.
While the motorcoach's speed was cited as a contributing factor, NTSB found that the probable cause of the accident was the driver's "failure to control the motorcoach due to fatigue resulting from failure to obtain adequate sleep, poor sleep quality and the time of day at which the accident occurred [about 5:38 a.m.]."
For the full NTSB accident report and recommendations, go here.
Last fall, NTSB issued the results of a six-month study on curbside motorcoach safety that was initiated after the New York City motorcoach crash.
The company holds an awards ceremony for the 15 inductees in Charleston, South Carolina. The recipients also get two days off for sightseeing and other festivities in the historic city.
Crash risks increase for drivers who get less than seven hours of sleep, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Starting in 2020, the database will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders, including school bus drivers.
School transportation departments, public transit agencies, and the public can share a photo or video of an act of kindness on their Facebook and Twitter pages to win a prize.
A preliminary report finds that Glenn Chappell had hypertension, diabetes, and seizures, and in the past five years had been involved in at least 12 crashes or incidents while driving a school bus or personal vehicle.
The federal investigative agency finishes gathering evidence at the scene of the fatal school bus crash, although the driver declined an interview.
Monica Coburn will bring her experience with lap-shoulder belts on school buses to IMMI, which produces SafeGuard seating products.
Association officials ask NHTSA to raise public awareness on the dangers of illegal passing of school buses.
A California school bus with seven special-needs students aboard strikes a Ford Mustang, the Mustang strikes a Ford Sienna, and the bus continues on and hits a Honda Odyssey. No students are injured.
A school bus flips onto its side after a minivan fails to yield to the bus. All four students aboard the bus, who are wearing seat belts, are uninjured.
Hillsborough County students who live within 2 miles of their middle school or high school may no longer be eligible to ride the bus because of a lack of state funding for courtesy busing.
NYAPT’s Nov. 20 survey of illegal school bus passing finds that 1,086 school bus drivers reported they were passed a total of 883 times.
Winning entries come from students in Minnesota, Kentucky, and British Columbia. Honorable mentions are also selected this year.
National and state pupil transportation groups offer their condolences to the families and others impacted by the fatal crash.