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.
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.
President Trump picks Jennifer Homendy, currently a Democratic staff director for a House subcommittee, to join the board of the investigative agency.
Heidi King currently serves as deputy administrator of the safety agency, which has been without a top official since Mark Rosekind’s departure in January 2017.
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.
A petitioner asked NHTSA to make changes to the way warning lights are displayed when school buses are stopping to load or unload passengers.
Federal statistics show that more students outside the school bus are killed by the bus itself than by other vehicles.
Federal data show that there were 37,461 deaths on the nation’s roads in 2016, up 5.6% from the 2015 total. The report includes details on school bus fatalities.
The state pupil transportation directors’ event will also address driver tablets, education reform, and federal agency developments.
In a committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen questions why federal regulators have not initiated a rulemaking to require lap-shoulder belts on school buses in light of recent crashes.
The agency launches a project to learn more about the decision-making process on whether to implement two-point or three-point belts.
The PBS NewsHour piece looks at safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue. Interviews include transportation directors and NHTSA’s former administrator.