NTSB Acting Chairman Urges Motorcoach Industry To Install Seatbelts

Posted on June 10, 2009 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an address to the New Jersey Motorcoach Association on June 3, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker called on the motorcoach industry to voluntarily move toward fleets equipped with lap/shoulder belts.

Rosenker said that while a systematic and multi-dimensional approach to occupant safety is the best way to keep motorcoaches as safe as possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet required such a system. So industry leaders should move ahead and voluntarily add restraint systems available on newly built motorcoaches.

"In your next motorcoach purchase you can do something that Australia has required since 1994," Rosenker said. "It's something that the European Union has required since 1997. It's something the state of Texas will require on all motorcoaches chartered for school trips beginning in 2011. It's something that Greyhound recently announced will be on its newest fleet of motorcoaches, and its something many of your competitors will soon have — lap/shoulder belts."

Making the case that lap/shoulder belts don't just enhance safety but also make good business sense, Rosenker said that they could provide a competitive advantage as passengers become as savvy about the safety advantages of occupant restrain systems on motorcoaches as they have about similar systems in automobiles. "Do you think that you could possibly sell a minivan in this country without a five-star crash rating?" Rosenker asked.

On those occasions when a motorcoach accident occurs, Rosenker called on the executives to view it as an opportunity to find ways to improve the safety of their fleets to bring them "closer to an accident-free environment." He also emphasized how public confidence in the safety of the motorcoach industry is a key to its continued success.

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Source: NewsRoom

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