Dept. of Transportation seeks to require seatbelts on commercial buses and motor coaches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like to see lap and shoulder seat belts on all commercial buses.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said:

We’re committed to making sure that motor coach travelers reach their destinations safely. Seat belts save lives, and putting them in motor coaches just makes sense.

motor_coach_seatbelt_safety.jpgThe NHTSA has been debating for years whether safety belts on commercial buses would make the buses safer in case of an accident.

The NHTSA has drafted a proposal that all new buses be required to have safety bets.

Safety belts will save lives by keeping passengers in their seats in rollover and serious accidents.

Every year, approximately 19 people die in bus accidents. The NHTSA estimates that bus accident fatalities would be reduced by 77% if buses were fitted with the seat belts.

Other safety measures that may be required by the NHTSA includes anti-rollover technology and enhanced roof strength.

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NHTSA 08-10 Secretary LaHood Announces Proposal to Require Seatbelts on All New Motor Coaches
Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010