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NHTSA Wants 3-Point Seat Belts on All Buses

November 8, 2015, Written by Ryan Gray, School Transportation News -
Stopping short of announcing imminent rulemaking to usher in a national requirement for lap-shoulder seat belts in school buses, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind shared a new federal policy position that the occupant restraints should be available for all schoolchildren to and from school.

Stopping short of announcing imminent rulemaking to usher in a national requirement for lap-shoulder seat belts in school buses, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind shared a new federal policy position that the occupant restraints should be available for all schoolchildren to and from school.

Rosekind spoke before a packed audience of NAPT and NASDPTS members during a joint session at the Marriott on Monday that the industry, collectively, needs to embrace a new way of thinking regarding seat belts, namely the three-point variety, that seeks answers to implementation challenges rather than reiterating arguments about why they are unnecessary on school buses.

“Let me be clear now seat belts save lives,” said the former NTSB Board member, adding that the federal position that school buses as they are current are the safest way students can get to and from school remains unchanged. “Every child on every school bus needs a three-point seat belt.”

He added that the issue should be "utterly non-controversial."

The announcement was similar to new views held by NASDPTS, which reversed its position on seat belts last year by recommending them for all school buses, as long as districts have the ability to absorb additional costs while not displacing student riders and forcing them to find another way to and from school.

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