Mike LaRocco, the president of NASDPTS and Indiana state director (shown left), introduced Bruce Landsberg, the vice chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), who discussed safety recommendations from the agency. Those included physical performance testing, evacuation training, and lap-shoulder belts. 
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PHOTOS: NASDPTS in D.C.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., for the first time from Oct. 13 to 17. Hot topics included electric buses, illegal bus passing, and safety recommendations on fire suppression systems, seat belts, and evacuation training.

NHTSA has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a requirement for a seat belt use warning system for rear seats. File photo
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NHTSA Seeks Comment on Seat Belt Use Warning System in Rear Seats

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a requirement for a seat belt use warning system for rear seats. In particular, the agency seeks comment on a requirement for high-occupancy vehicles, including 15-passenger vans and school buses.

In Iowa, lap-shoulder belts will be required on all new school buses ordered as of Oct. 2. File photo courtesy Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools
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Iowa to Require Seat Belts on All New School Buses

Lap-shoulder belts will be required on all new school buses ordered as of Oct. 2. Safety equipment such as a second stop arm, hand rails, exterior boarding lights, and fire-resistant crash barriers are also required.

The State Board of Education adopted rules to require lap-shoulder belts and other safety equipment in all new school buses purchased by school districts and state-accredited non-public schools. File photo courtesy Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools
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Iowa Moves Closer to Requiring Seat Belts on New School Buses

The State Board of Education adopts rules to require lap-shoulder belts and other safety equipment in all new school buses purchased by school districts and state-accredited non-public schools. The rules are subject to legislative review before taking effect.

The 56th annual Iowa Pupil Transportation Association (IPTA) conference drew a total of 235 attendees. Attendees heard from a variety of experts including authors, accident investigators, and experts on federal and state laws. They also reviewed bus crash test data and video, and viewed demonstrations of disc brakes, evacuation drills, and school bus crashes. Shown here, attendees prepare to watch a school bus crash demonstration. Photo courtesy April Darling
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PHOTOS: Iowa Pupil Transportation Association Conference

School bus officials, transportation directors, mechanics, and other student transportation employees from across the state gathered in Des Moines from July 15 to 17 to attend the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association’s annual conference.

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