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.
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.
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.
The cost of three-point belts would have to come from somewhere within a local budget. We are concerned that if mandated and unfunded, that additional cost could force some districts to make choices that may not be in the best interests of safety.