NHTSA: Belts needed: NHTSA Seat Belts School Buses

Published: November 11, 2015

NHTSA: Belts needed: NHTSA Seat Belts School Buses, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is endorsing three-point seat belts on school buses for the first time.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, speaking on Sunday, acknowledged that the agency “has not always spoken with a clear voice on the issue of seat belts on school buses.”

In the past, NHTSA has suggested that retrofitting school buses with seat belts was a costly proposition and that buses, sans seat belts, were safe.

“The position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is that seat belts save lives,” Rosekind said. “That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus. And saving lives is what we are about. So NHTSA’s policy is that every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt.”

Rosekind also acknowledged that this initial step in the rulemaking process could prove challenging and anticipated some pushback.

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