Thomas Bus Gulf Coast is awarded an order from Dallas County Schools for 245 Thomas Built buses equipped with SynTec’s S3C seats.
Eleven school districts will track the use of the seat belts on their buses during the 2016-17 school year.
The legislation does not specify whether the restraints would have to be lap-shoulder belts or whether lap-only belts would suffice.
The new school buses will also run on propane and will include onboard video surveillance and GPS.
We believe the best way to maintain excellence for our brand is for safety and other decisions to be made by local professionals based on their assessments of circumstances, resource realities, and best opportunities for benefits.
Thomas Built dealers who have equipped their stock buses with SynTec’s S3C Convertible seat can make last-minute seat changes to tailor the bus to customer specs.
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.