Seat Belts

Not Everyone Applauds the Recent Alabama Seat Belt Proposals

What began as a reaction to the tragic pre-Thanksgiving crash that took the lives of four Huntsville students, has now come to an overt conclusion on the need and usefulness of seat belts on school buses with recommendations designed to push the issue before federal regulators.

Internet Group Launched for School Bus Child Passenger Safety

A new This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was rolled out this month to provide certified child passenger safety professional with an exhange of ideas specifically for issues that arise in transportation to and from school

Seat Belts


One of the hottest issues in pupil transportation remains whether or not some form of seat belt, or as they've come to be known, occupant securements systems, should or should not be installed on all school buses. The federal government has weighed in, requiring three-point, lap-shoulder belts in all newly manufactured small, Type A school buses as of September 2011. But the remain a voluntary option on large school buses.

While California is the only state to have implemented a three-point law for all school buses, these lap/shoulder belts appear to be gaining ground.two-point lap belts remain a possibility for large buses. Four states still have laws on the books requiring new buses be purchased with lap belts, but many school districts nationwide can elect to pass their own policies and regulations.

Listed in this section are some of the most complete compendium of articles and resources dealing with the controversy of equipping school buses with seat belts versus relying on the compartmentalization, or protection, of children between cushioned, high-back seats during a crash.




Greyhound Takes Lead on Motorcoach Safety

Greyhound announced that coaches equipped with the new Premier seat by SafeGuard that promises compartmentalization for both restrained and unrestrained passengers are hitting the road.

NTSB Pushes Harder for Motorcoach Seat Belts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker made a gamble of his own in Atlantic City by calling on the members of the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association to voluntarily equip their motorcoaches with occupant restraint systems.

Department of Ed Seeks Review of Seclusion, Restraints Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter last week to chief state school officers asking them to review current policies and guidelines regarding the use of restraints and seclusion techniques used on students and to develop or revise them accordingly to ensure safety.