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 new group, formed for ABA’s motorcoach members who also operate school buses, holds a call to discuss NTSB’s special investigative report.
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.
A student and a teacher are killed in a crash between a school bus and dump truck. Forty-three of the 45 people aboard are injured.
In related news, former school bus driver Johnthony Walker is sentenced to four years in prison for the 2016 Chattanooga crash.
President Trump picks Jennifer Homendy, currently a Democratic staff director for a House subcommittee, to join the board of the investigative agency.
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.
The agency issues a preliminary report on the fatal fire, but why the school bus driver and student couldn’t escape remains unclear.
The longtime member of the National Transportation Safety Board spoke at pupil transportation conferences and led the Chattanooga school bus crash investigation.
Let’s hope that NTSB will eventually be able to shed light on what caused the Iowa school bus fire and what kept the driver and student from escaping. The latter question is extremely troubling.
The agency reports that a total of 39,339 people died in accidents in all modes of transportation in 2016, up from 37,309 in 2015.