A representative of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services will be among a contingent meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next week to discuss proposals being considered for FMCSA and NHTSA to increase motorcoach safety.
The National Transportation Safety Board earlier this year found that driver fatigue resulted in a January 2008 motorcoach crash in Mexican Hat, Utah that killed nine and injured 34. NTSB has also asked for mandatory seat belts and window glazing on motorcoaches to further protect passengers.
Because many school districts charter motorcoaches to transport students to field trips and athletic events, Derek Graham, past-president of NASDPTS and the student transportation branch chief at the North Carolina Office of Public Instruction, will meet with LaHood along with other transportation stake holders such as the motorcoach industry.
LaHood is expected to discuss his draft action plan to increase safety, which resulted from a study performed over the summer.