This paper provides information for decision makers at the State and local levels so they can determine whether safety belts are desirable in large school buses in their areas. The paper reviews accidents, injuries, and fatalities, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's authority and position, and discusses the effectiveness of belts. The equipping of new buses with safety belts, and the retrofitting of school buses with safety belts is discussed, as well as related studies in the field, experiences of districts with belt equipped buses, legislation, and other considerations. Alternatives investments in safety are also considered. It is noted that there is insufficient data available to demonstrate whether safety belts would increase occuupant protection. The NHTSA does not believe that a Federal requirement for safety belts in large school buses is warranted.

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  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-806 799,, HS-041 231
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2001 12:00AM