The association, which turns 50 in November, connects state directors with federal regulators, school bus manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry groups.
Gov. Phil Murphy signs a law that upgrades the requirement for seat belts on new school buses from lap-only belts to lap-shoulder belts. The mandate takes effect in 180 days.
As New Jersey considers a lap-shoulder belt requirement and reviews several new school bus safety bills, one district equips new buses with the three-point belts and bolsters training. Meanwhile, Tennessee establishes a grant program to fund seat belts on school buses.
A state budget amendment provides $3 million in nonrecurring funds to school districts to pay the extra costs associated with buying buses equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts.
The state Senate Transportation Committee approves the bills, which address driver qualifications, transportation staffing, accident response, and tightening accountability measures.
Ohio and Washington lawmakers introduce bills that would require school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. In New York and New Jersey, legislators propose upgrades from lap-only belts to lap-shoulder belts.
It was no big surprise that NTSB’s latest report calls for lap-shoulder belts on school buses. What was surprising was how the agency decided to direct that recommendation: not to the feds, but to the states.
The president of the Paramus Public Schools Board of Education says that every new bus the district buys will have three-point belts. The board also plans to get estimates on retrofitting its existing fleet with the belts.
The bipartisan bill in Congress follows the fatal school bus crash in New Jersey and NTSB’s new recommendations on lap-shoulder belts.
Operators and associations offer a range of reactions to Tuesday’s school bus meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board.
After investigating the 2016 crashes in Baltimore and Chattanooga, NTSB recommends improvements in school bus driver oversight and calls on states to mandate lap-shoulder belts.
The event will offer workshops on such topics as McKinney-Vento homeless transportation, safety and security, and recruitment and retention.
Although the state doesn’t require them, Henrico County has begun equipping its new buses with lap-shoulder restraints. Director Josh Davis share details on the move, which began with a certain NHTSA leader's speech.