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Government to require belts on large buses

on November 21, 2013 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It’s a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half-century.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that beginning in November 2016 all new motor coaches and other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers with three-point lap-shoulder belts.

The agency said seat belts could reduce fatalities and moderate-to-severe injuries by nearly half.

Hundreds of motor coach passengers have died and even more have been injured, many severely, since the board made its initial recommendations.

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