The big yellow school bus is the most injury-free form of ground transportation: 40-60% safer than passenger cars. Its weight, sturdy frame, and energy-absorbing design give it an advantage in collisions with smaller vehicles. Yet, industry experts diligently work to make the familiar yellow vehicles virtually impervious to danger. In the school bus safety arena, driver training is the major emphasis, along with public education and enforcement of laws for other motorists. As engineers try to improve the safest vehicle on the road, however, they must strive to ensure that new devices and equipment do not introduce hazards. Toward that end, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is wrapping up new research on occupant protection aboard school buses. This is a volatile topic, with parents calling for seat belts on buses, while industry experts warn that they could do more harm than good. Industry officials agree that the biggest problem facing school transportation today is an acute driver shortage.


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 12-13
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  • Accession Number: 00800558
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2000 12:00AM