Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Small Buses Must Have Safer Belts, U.S. Rule Says

This from Ed Week:

Mandate Also Calls for Higher Seat Backs on Larger School Buses
Smaller school buses will have to be equipped with three-point, lap-and-shoulder seat belts for the first time, and larger buses will have higher seat backs, under a federal rule announced last week.

The seat belts will only have to be installed in new buses weighing 5 tons or less, and the requirement will not take effect until 2011. These smaller school buses are already required to have lap belts, but not the safer, harness-style belts. There is no seat belt requirement for larger buses...

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