Student transporters weigh in on a proposed June 1, 2019 deadline for mandatory three-point seat belts on school buses, as Rep. John Barnes, Jr. sponsors a bill in the Ohio state House of Representatives.
The Paramus, New Jersey school board voted to require its buses to be equipped with shoulder-restraint-style (three point) seat belts for buses it is planning to purchase, for an extra $5,300 per bus. The board also said it will request bids for retrofitting all of its current buses with the safer-style belts, northjersey.com reported.
UPDATE — JUNE 8 — “The Senate was in recess last week and is just getting back into session later today” Senator Robert Menendez’s press secretary, Steven Sandberg, told School Transportation News.” He predicted that he “expect(s) the bill to be introduced soon” by the New Jersey senator, but as of June 8, that has not happened yet.
Bipartisan school bus seat belt safety legislation was announced last week for both the U.S. House and Senate, officials said at a press conference at the Fair Lawn Board of Education Transportation Depot in New Jersey. The bills would require three-point seatbelts nationwide for school buses.
Hudy Muldrow, Sr., the New Jersey school bus driver who was allegedly responsible for the crash between his bus and a dump truck that killed a teacher and a student, has been charged with two counts of reckless vehicular homicide, even as seat belt efforts are renewed.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is urging the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to recommend to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it reevaluate FMVSS 222, to enhance school bus compartmentalization.