WASHINGTON — The American Bus Association said Wednesday it supports efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other federal agencies to help ensure the safety of the traveling public.
The comments came after the seat belt final rule was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rule is an important step in a larger process of vehicle and operational changes mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, the ABA said in its statement.
The motorcoach industry worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure that sufficient research and testing went into crafting the new seat belt standard. In fact, most new motorcoaches sold since 2009 already incorporate three-point seat belts.
The department is engaged in additional rulemakings that will further enhance the safety of motorcoaches, including changes to roof design, window design, fire suppression systems and stability control systems.
The ABA believes that safety is not the function of one system but must be the product of integrated design. The motorcoach industry will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the next steps to ensure the right changes are made for drivers, passengers and operators.
The North American motorcoach industry provides nearly 700 million passenger trips annually.
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Source: American Bus Association