Government to require belts on large buses
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.