National Transportation Safety Board recommends school buses have lap/shoulder belts

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The announcement today from the National Transportation Safety Board coming in the wake of several deadly school bus crashes.

Only a handful of states currently require three-point belts on buses.  Buses in Pennsylvania aren’t equipped with seat belts, however, state transportation officials say buses are safe. 

The NTSB says school buses remain the safest way to transport students but also says they can be even safer.  Along with lap and shoulder belts, the NTSB recommends automatic braking and electronic stability control.

Robert Sumwalt, NTSB Chairman, says, “this will be a historic day… we have tiptoed around that for a long time and it’s time to take a hard stance on this”.

The recommendations are not binding on government agencies or the transportation industry. 

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