Steps taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make school buses safer are noted. Its actions include a regulation requiring new safety devices on buses; a proposed regulation on bus exits and emergency doors; and a proposed regulation to clarify and expand procedures for testing school bus body joints. The new requirements include stop signs that swing from the left side of the vehicle, additional mirrors, rules requiring drivers to have a clear, ground level view of the front of the bus, and the number of exits should relate to the number of seats on the bus. The NHTSA guidelines are not legally binding, but recommend minimum models for the states to follow in running pupil transportation programs. The article also notes a General Accounting Office study that found that trucking companies with serious financial problems tend to develop high accident rates. The reasons for the poor safety performance are listed. The article also notes a U.S. Centers for Disease Control call for better traffic safety education and public health programs for minorities.

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    National Safety Council

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    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Castelli, J
  • Publication Date: 1991-10

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  • Pagination: p. 10-11
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  • Accession Number: 00615188
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM