Fights, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior have prompted a proposed bill from a grandparent that would require monitors and seat belts on every school bus.
Representatives of the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation discuss such issues as costs, training, and emergency evacuations.
The five-year pact with Morongo Unified School District, located in the Mojave Desert, includes new buses with air conditioning and three-point belts.
The proposed seat belt mandate would apply to new school buses starting in model year 2021, although the bill’s sponsor says he would also like for older buses to be retrofitted.
We encourage you to discuss NHTSA’s new recommendation with your school boards and superintendents so they are aware of Dr. Rosekind’s opinions and can discuss their implications with state and local political leaders.
Representatives from the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation will share their experiences with NHTSA officials in a meeting next month.
The two school transportation associations jointly write to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to express their concerns about his agency’s new stance on school bus seat belts.
More than any other time in recent memory, this year's National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit proved to be the place for the biggest news in the school bus industry.
The Houston Independent School District made the decision after NHTSA updated its position to suggest that students should have access to three-point seat belts.
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.
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.
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.”
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.