This summer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will issue its proposed rulemaking on seatbelts and motorcoach safety. NHTSA conducted its own barrier crash test in 2007 and drew its conclusions from a series of sled tests with different style belted and unbelted seats and securement systems.
My last column [BUSRide, January-February 2010, Risk Management] focused on the decision many operators could soon face with regard to retrofitting seatbelts to the existing fleet. Such a decision will ultimately come down to several factors that include cost, restraint capabilities, customer demand and risk.
Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handed down a landmark rule that addresses the ongoing debate of seatbelt use on school buses. Among other changes, the rule requires an increase in the seatback height on both large and small school buses and mandates the installation of three-point seatbelts on smaller buses.