The agency’s Dec. 1 meeting will primarily cover safety issues around school buses but will also include updates on lap-shoulder belts.
The American School Bus Council and NHTSA revamp the “Learn the Facts” campaign materials, which highlight the safety record and other advantages of school bus transportation.
Fred Lenz of St. James Bus Service presents his perspective on why school buses should not have seat belts.
The American School Bus Council cites the safety record and other benefits of yellow bus transportation.
New commercial vehicles, including school buses, with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds would have to be equipped with devices that cap their speed.
The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015 — a 7.2% increase compared to the previous year, according to federal data.
The former NHTSA safety standards engineer, who died on Aug. 13, was regarded for his expertise and guidance for the pupil transportation industry.
The new CO2 and fuel consumption standards for vocational vehicles — including school buses — start in model year 2021.
The nonprofit organization calls for “uniform child passenger safety practices across multiple modes of transportation, including school buses, airplanes, and personal vehicles.”
Last fall, Houston ISD committed to including three-point belts on its new school buses. Now, the school board decides to require students to wear them.
The new report shows that an average of 30 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year. About 17% are occupants of school transportation vehicles.
Representatives of the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation discuss such issues as costs, training, and emergency evacuations.
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.