28 Mar '17, 7pm

Legislators Need Education on School Buses: James Blue, School Bus Fleet's general manager and…

Legislators Need Education on School Buses: James Blue, School Bus Fleet's general manager and…

Naturally, Favors wants to improve school bus safety in response to the tragedy that took place in her own city. However, there’s a glaring ambiguity in her bill, at least as originally written: It does not specify a type of restraint. Should those be lap-shoulder belts? Lap belts? Straitjackets? The text of the legislation only stipulates that the restraint systems would have to be “approved by the national transportation safety board [sic].” But the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) doesn’t have regulatory authority over school buses — the agency, which is still investigating the Chattanooga crash, makes nonbinding recommendations. We do know that NTSB has endorsed lap-shoulder belts as a way to enhance occupant protection for school bus passengers, but the agency has also said that lap belts can provide a benefit when worn properly. That doesn’t sit well (no p...

Full article: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/721678/legislators-...

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